I Got Out Of A Speeding Ticket

by Ron Haynes

You know the feeling you get when you realize you haven’t been paying attention to the speed limit and suddenly, from out of no where, there he is in your rear view mirror, lights flashing.

“Me? Is he after me?” Yep, he was after me!

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I quickly pulled over and made sure I was pulled over enough to allow the Texas state trooper to safely walk up to my driver’s side window. I rolled down ALL the windows, turned off the car, quickly put the keys on the dash, and placed my hands on the top of the steering wheel. “Good afternoon, sir. May I see your driver’s license, insurance and registration please?” He asked from the passenger side window.

“Yes sir. I’m going to reach into my back pocket and get my wallet. Is that okay right now?”, I asked.

He nodded that it was.

“How bad was it?”, I asked. The confused look on his face told me I needed to re-phrase. “How fast was I going?”

“I clocked you at 67 in a 60.”

I sighed. “I guess I missed the change from 70 to 60,” I said, shaking my head side to side. “Here’s my license. I need to open my glove compartment to get the registration and insurance papers. Is it okay to open the glove compartment?”

He said yes, so I unfastened my seatbelt. I made sure I looked at the glove compartment as I opened it. “Here’s my insurance card and my registration. I’m in a company car so the registration will show my company’s name.”

“What company do you work for?” he asked. I told him and mentioned that I was heading to one of my stores in the next town, about 5 miles away. He said, “I think I’ve shopped there.” I smiled and said, “Thank you for your business!”

He thanked me for handing him the papers and walked back to the patrol car. I made sure my hands stayed on the wheel and I avoided looking in the mirror.

“Mr. Haynes, I’ve written you a warning. It doesn’t go on your record and it won’t have any effect on your insurance. Just slow it down, okay?”

I agreed and signed the warning. He gave me my copy and that was that.

I fastened my seatbelt, started the car, clicked on my turn signal, waited for a little traffic to pass, and slowly started back down the highway. The Texas state trooper did a u-turn and disappeared over the hill in my rear view mirror.

How To Avoid A Speeding Ticket

Warning: These ideas will not always work. I’m relating this information as ideas that might help you avoid a speeding ticket. Again, it will not always work but here are the things I did right:

1. I pulled over immediately. I didn’t gesture, ignore, or throw up my hands. I calmly pulled over as soon as I saw him in my mirror.
2. I made sure he could easily see inside my vehicle by rolling down all the windows. If I had been pulled over at night, I would have turned on the interior light.
3. I turned off the car and put the keys on the dash. He didn’t need to worry that I would speed off as soon as he walked up.
4. I made sure he could always see my hands and that I was never fidgety, shifting my weight, looking around the car, or acting suspicious. Police officers know that if you hold their gaze while you reach into a pocket or glove compartment, you’re probably reaching for something bad.
5. Respect. Respect. Respect. No sarcasm, no challenging tone of voice, nothing but extreme respect with lots of “yes sirs” and “no sirs.”
6. I asked him if it was okay to reach for my wallet.
7. I wore a seatbelt. Many times police officers won’t write you a ticket for speeding but still write one for failure to wear a seatbelt.
8. BEFORE I opened the glove compartment, I asked permission.
9. I was friendly and nice and didn’t avoid any questions.
10. Sure, I was speeding, but not by too much. You gotta have at least SOME idea of what the speed limit is.
11. I signed the warning without hesitation. Refusal to sign a warning or ticket is an automatic ride to the lock up. You are not admitting guilt by signing, only admitting that you promise to show up for court.

These are not guaranteed to work, please understand that. But I have avoided four speeding tickets out of the last five times I was pulled over by using these exact techniques. Avoiding that ticket saved me at least $120.

Why do these techniques work? I’m not sure but I think there couldn’t be a more dangerous occupation than walking up as a police officer to a vehicle you’ve pulled over, and wondering if your life will change forever in the next 2 minutes. Anything I can do in that situation to put the police officer at ease can only work in my favor.

Of course, the best tip is to drive the speed limit…or less!

[tags]speeding ticket, speed, police, respect[/tags]

photo credit: peggydavis66

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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Frugal Dad

I took a criminal justice class in high school that was taught by a former policeman – he gave nearly the exact same advice for talking your way out of ticket, and for asking for permission to reach for wallets, papers, etc. These kinds of things should be taught in school more because it is really as much about being a good citizen as it is avoiding a costly ticket (although the frugal side of me can appreciate getting out of a costly ticket more than the average person!).

BT

Decent advice but to say that your behavior “got you out of” that ticket is probably inaccurate. In my state they rarely write tickets for speeding unless it’s in excess of 10mph over the speed limit because it is difficult to defend in court.

Ron

#BT→

True, but if I had been a discourteous jerk who wasn’t wearing a seat belt, I’ll almost guarantee that I would have gotten a ticket.

Natural

this sounds good, but one thing. i thought you were supposed to wait until they tell you what the problem was instead of admitting to speeding. you weren’t speeding..can’t you go up to 10 over the speed limit before they can pull you over? glad it worked out…you’re a smooth talker. :smile: i’ve had my trouble with cops before, you can read about the horrible story on my blog..post is when life gives you lemons. it didn’t quite work out like that for me.

Ron

#Natural→

As I understand it from several different police officers, they can write you a ticket for going ONE mile over the limit.

Hurricane

Nonesense. The Cop was fishing for a ticket.

You were lucky that you weren’t really speeding; a 7 mile over the speed limit ticket is very easy to be challenged in court.

The Cop pulled you over looking for something else to get you on. Your attitude and circumstances pretty much guaranteed that you were not going to get a ticket but your actions will not work every time.

The only real lesson to learn here is never be aggressive or combative against the police; they have the upper hand.

But also you should not be meek or completely submissive; police love to trample on your rights on the hopes they can find something to arrest you for. Know your rights and be prepared to exercise them. You have a right to silence; you have a right to prevent self incrimination.

Ron

#Hurricane→

If he was fishing, he came up empty. Sure, 7 miles over isn’t much, but that was number 10 on the list!

I think you SHOULD be submissive and compliant within your rights. Sure you have a right to deny him entry into your trunk, but if he suspects you of something, it’s game over. If he tells you to step out of the car and get into the back of his, saying NO is potentially resisting a police officer. Again, game over. Your day is ruined.

I’ve never experienced a police officer “trampling” on my rights, even when I was caught by a road block when I was doing 130 mph. I was a 19 year old punk at the time and he was 100 percent professional.

The key is respect and giving him the information he wants. Anything else could result in a taxi ride downtown. I’ve seen it happen too many times to people who thought they were “defending” their rights.

Mrs. Micah

Good stuff. My plan is similar, though I’ve considered getting license and registration out before the officer makes it to the car. But definitely ask, I really wouldn’t like to be in any more trouble.

I’d probably be a bit tearful too, trying to hold it together. Scared but respectful.

JD

you were only doing SEVEN over….thats why you didnt get a ticket!

Ron

#JD→

See tip #10.
BTW, I have gotten a ticket for doing 2 miles over before. Stay out of Harpersville, Alabama.

Tyler

I got out of a ticket for going 95 in a 55 by just acting scared (I was 18 at the time), and the cop was young and took pity on me.
Getting out of a ticket for going 67 in a 60 zone isn’t that surprising.

Ron

#Tyler→

Cool! He could’ve messed up your day, but he probably thought, “I’ve done this same thing!”

Getting out of a 67/60 isn’t that difficult, you’re right, but my attitude when he walked up could have made him write me up. Additionally, I was an out of state driver. Usually they write ALL of those.

Shama Hyder

So, I used this advice…and totally got out of a ticket yesterday! = )

Ron

#Shama Hyder→

Cool!

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