Avoiding A Speeding Ticket

by Ron Haynes

Few things can make you feel chilled all over like cresting a hill a little too fast and seeing Mr. State Trooper waiting on you.

I’ve often wondered if it was possible to send the location of known speed traps to a web-site and a quick Google Search reveals several, such as www.speedtrap.org. Those are okay, but real time information would be much better since local and state governments are desperate for cash and are using any way possible to get it, companies and consumers are fighting back.

That’s where PhantomALERT steps in. PhantomALERT is software that claims to help avoid tickets by alerting the user when there are red light cameras, speed traps or dangerous curves ahead. The software can be downloaded to any GPS device or smartphone. Knowing where a red light camera is located could possibly help you avoid an accident.

What has really surprised me in my research about the product is the amount of police support it receives. One officer said that he wasn’t in the business of writing tickets, but in making sure people drove more safely. He believes that PhantomALERT does that.

I haven’t bought their service yet, but I am impressed by it. They offer a lifetime unlimited access to their services (currently listing over 110,000 areas to slow down) for only $99.99 and I’m thinking about using it.

If you DO get pulled over, use these ideas and maybe, you’ll avoid a ticket (I’ve gotten out of 8 tickets in the last few years taking these steps):

  • Pull over as soon as it’s safe to do so, indicating with your turn signal that you will do so.
  • Turn off the ignition and put the keys on the dashboard.
  • Roll down all windows and turn on the interior lights.
  • Put both hands on the steering wheel or do what I do, stick them both out the window.
  • When the officer approaches, he will probably look confused at your actions, so explain that you want to reassure him that you will comply with everything he wishes.
  • Tell him where in the vehicle your license, registration, and car insurance cards are located and ask him if it is okay for you to retrieve them. Do not maintain eye contact with the officer while you retrieve these items.
  • Show more respect to the officer than you think is necessary. He has a badge and a gun and the ability to make your life miserable … at least temporarily.
  • If you still receive a ticket, ask if it’s possible to attend a driving class to have it removed from your record.

Yes, I really have gotten out of eight tickets in the last few years using these steps. Twice I was pulled over in work zones (one time I was going 60 mph in a 50 mph zone and another I was going 73 mph in a 45 mph zone). I’ve been pulled over at night, on two-lane roads, on interstate highways, by local police, sheriff’s deputies, and by state troopers. I drive 30,000 miles per year and at some point, I’m going to get pulled over … again … but PhantomALERT could be what keeps me from getting in trouble in the first place!

Have you used PhantomALERT? What was your experience?

About the author

Ron Haynes has written 1001 articles on The Wisdom Journal.


The founder and editor of The Wisdom Journal in 2007, Ron has worked in banking, distribution, retail, and upper management for companies ranging in size from small startups to multi-billion dollar corporations. He graduated Suma Cum Laude from a top MBA program and currently is a Human Resources and Management consultant, helping companies know how employees will behave in varying situations and what motivates them to action, assisting firms in identifying top talent, and coaching managers and employees on how to better communicate and make the workplace MUCH more enjoyable. If you'd like help in these areas, contact Ron using the contact form at the top of this page or at 870-761-7881.


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{ 5 comments }

Shanna Small

How about pay attention to the signs and stop speeding?

Ron

That’s the goal but I haven’t met anyone yet who has never speeded in their life. One ticket would pay for this service multiple times over.

Kathleen

Perhaps this is a silly question, but instead of buying software that could be distracting while driving, and learning ways to get out of tickets, why not just pay attention to the speed limit signs and just not speed? Then you wouldn’t have to worry about paying tickets and being pulled over? Just a question.

Ron

It’s a valid question but I’ve yet to meet anyone who has never speeded or never crossed into an intersection when the light had just changed. Considering that ONE speed camera in the DC area has so far generated $300 million in revenue, I personally wonder if our government is really here to protect and serve or to only garner more revenue for itself.

Troglodyke

Well, even though I am all about individual rights, and I feel like some of our rights are being eroded away, I’m in agreement with the other commenters. This problem is easily solved by being a more conscientious driver, which is what we all need to be. Do I speed? Yes. I NEVER speed on residential streets (25mph posted) or in school zones, but I do sometimes speed on the freeways when conditions are dry and clear, and on multi-lane roads if the posted limit is ridiculously low.

So I’m not being holier-than-thou, but I haven’t had a speeding ticket in almost 30 years. Because even though I sometimes speed, I also pay attention: to the flow of traffic, which always slows en masse when passing a speed trap; and to other individual cars, and to locations where radar traps might be. And I’m happy to slow down quickly when need be–I don’t have to speed. I try to leave early and account for traffic so I can be a safer driver.

And also, I have no problem with cities and counties using speeding tickets as a way to raise revenue. It’s a perfect system, if you ask me: the “loser” pays. If you choose to speed, you could be subjected to a tax. It’s that simple. Choose not to speed, and never get taxed for it. That’s a heck of a lot fairer than raising taxes across the board. I don’t see legitimate ue of red-light cameras and radar as intrusions into private citizens’ lives, because they only intrude (save for a few cases where the cops are dirty or sloppy) when we choose to break the law. We always have a choice.

Sorry to hijack. I imagine that software would indeed be beneficial. :-)

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