Hey, I like to speed. Not not in excess but usually at least 10 mph over. So my question is: Do any of you know good ways to get out of or avoid speeding tickets? Of course somebody is probably gonna say “Don’t speed.”
I have gotten out of a few tickets by saying my speedometer was not correctly calibrated (even though it was). The radar detectors work sometimes, but they (the cops) keep obtining new toys like the Laser and Vascar. And all modern Radars have “instant on,” “hold/mode” so your radar detector may not even beep when the officer flips on his gun and takes a reading. I have heard jamming radar is effective, you just put your CB radio on an open channel and tape down the mike switch. The electromagnetic voltage will shut down all the Radar guns within 1/4 to 1/2 mile. What are your methods fellow dopers???
Two wrongs do not make a right…but three lefts do.
They are pretty predictable. I drive the same stretch every day. The cops, when they are out, usually park in the same areas. Pay attention to where the cops pull people over. They tend to patrol certain sections of the road more than others. I watch for them every day. I usually can see them and adjust my speed accordingly before I am zapped by the radar gun. In time, you will automatically slow down as you cruise through the cop hot spots, thus avoiding a ticket.
Take off when the Officer gets to the car.
Have a family member on a force, you get a special card that let’s you do stuff like speed, just keep it conveniently side by side with your license in your wallet. Hand yur entire wallet to Officer.
(For the record I have never tried to get out of a speeding ticket. I have been pulled over about a dozen times. So far, 1 ticket, 1 written warning, all other times I got the old “Keep it down” speech.)
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As a cop, my only advice is don’t be an asshole. You’re going to speed. We all do, so if the cop pulls you over you really have no idea whether he needs this summons or not, or whether he has a lot of discretion or not. The 10 mph rule is good. Just be honest and courteous with the cop and chances are that you’ll be okay. However, if it’s the end of the month and that trooper needs that summons, you’re gone.
Little kids in the car works too. You can try and rent them if you don't have them I guess. Oh, and I've seen Psycat. If she was wearing a low-cut blouse, I wouldn't ticket her.... :)
Marine Corps stickers. I myself am in the Marine Corps Reserves and have two stickers and a lisence plater border that say so. This has gotten me out of three tickets.
Now I am not saying that you should go down to your local recruiters office and as for some just for this reason. However, if you have a family member that has served as a Marine, cover your car with stickers.
I am not sure but I can guess that other service stickers will work too, it just that Marines have more of a brotherhood and are more likely to let you slide.
As for the low cut blouse angle, how about no blouse at all?
Thats the truth and anyone who has heard otherwise has been missinformed.
I know this isn’t MPSIMS, but I’ve got a really funny speeding ticket story. My friend Shane was driving to a town about an hour and a half away for a college interview. She’s the worst driver ever, so she gets stopped for going 65 in a 40. The cop gives her a date for traffic court, and a couple weeks later, she’s on her way to traffic court, and she gets stopped for speeding again. And she told the cop, “I’m sorry I’m going fast, but I’m late for traffic court!”
Anyway, usually if you go ten or less than 10 miles per hour over the speed limit, a cop won’t stop you. I think 15 is the threshold. Also, in some states (SC, I know, Virginia, Louisiana, and others, I think), the cop that tickets you have to be the one that caught you speeding. So if you’re on the interstate, and a police man on an overpass clocks you at 95, he has to give you the ticket, not his partner driving around behind you. You’ll wanna check up on your laws, but it worked for Shane.
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Shayna, that was a funny story, and this is MPSIMS. :)<–You can tell by the smilies!
This does NOT hold true for some states, I know NJ and possibly NY and some Eastern parts of PA. Particularly NJ, where the speed limit on select highways and roadways was raised from 55 to 65. The police there have(or had, when it was initially raised, in order to keep people from doing 75) zero tolerance for anything over 65. 1 mile over could get you a ticket.
Personally, I feel on a highway or high-speed/traffic roadway, say I-80, 75-80 mph is fine if you can handle it.
As a mom, in a residential area, if the posted limit is 25, then do 25. My kids walk those streets.
Try not to have a good time…this is supposed to be educational.
I have a perfect driving record thanks to one simple rule: Never drive fast when it makes sense. If you have a wide straight road that seems to be saying “I’m empty, you can drive as fast as you want!” there’s a cop down the road who hopes you listen to it. On the other hand twisty back roads that no one in their right mind would drive fast on are perfectly safe. Bad weather also helps.
As Dreamworks suggested,be respectful and polite.Make his job easy. I pull over immediatly,as far over on the shoulder as is possible.Turn radio off,interior lights on.I put my hands on the wheel,in plain sight.I’ve found if you are truthful and respectful 90% of the time they’ll let you go.A PBA card helps too.
On a similar note, I have two stickers on the back of my car, identifying myself as an EMT and Firefighter. out of the numerous times I’ve been pulled over, only have 1 ticket. From what I understand its out professional respect
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Simple system : get yourself what I call a “runner”. That is someone going faster than you. Let him pass you, then pull in behind him and give him about 1/4 to 1/2 mile of space. Do the same speed he is doing, and make sure no police car comes up behind you. (At night this is trickier, so if anyone comes flying up behind you, be on the safe side and slow down until he gets in front of you.) If anyone gets a ticket it will be the guy in front of you. A “runner” that’s a semi is even better, I call 'em B.F.R.D.s (Big F-ing Radar Detectors). Using this system I have sped all the way to Atlanta several times and have no tickets.
What Rich and DreamWorks said is true too. Be very polite, have both hands on the wheel in plain site when the officer walks up, and make sure to ask permission to go to your glovebox for your registration and insurance (a nice touch).
I should write a book.
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For DreamWorks (and anyone with police knowledge):
Do Fraternal Order of Police windshield stickers or any other paraphernilia really work to get you out of tickets? People also claim being a volunteer firefighter is good. I was just wondering what the general consensus was.
Stay out of the far left (fast) lane. 80% of all tickets
are written in the fast lane.
Invest in a good radar/laser detector. Don’t buy a cheap
one, they’ll alert you to every garage door opener & alarm system
pass…and like the boy who cried wolf too many times, you’ll ignore it
there really is a cop around. Spend at least $200.
Invest in an International Driver’s License. Not only will
you be able to drive in virtually any country in the world, you’ll never
another ticket go on your driving record again. The United Nations does
track of points or tickets. Your UN license is totally legal for driving
US as long as it is issued in another country.
Watch for cops in the following hiding places: A) Just over
hillcrests, B) Just around blind corners, C) In front of big trucks on
freeway, D) Behind bridge pillars and bushes in the freeway medians, E)
freeway on-ramps sneaking up behind you in your blind spot and F) In
Do not speed at night. You can’t see cops and it’s much
more dangerous anyway.
After You Get A Ticket
Plead not guilty and fight it. Not only will it cost you
the fine of $150-300, but it will also cost you an average of $1,000 in
insurance surcharges over the next 3 years (unless you go to traffic
keep it off your record or you have an international driver’s
After your trial date has been scheduled, request an
extension. They usually schedule all cases for a particular officer on
so he can get them all done at once. Get yourself out of the loop and
likely to make a special trip back just for your case. When he doesn’t
If its a radar ticket, go to the court where you are
supposed to appear two weeks before your trial and request copies of the
officer’s radar training certificate, calibration records for the radar
calibration records for the tuning forks, the agency’s FCC license to
the traffic & engineering survey for the road you were cited on,
If any of these are out of date, inaccurate, don’t exist or don’t make
the court in time for your case…the radar is inadmissible and you
4. If its a ticket issued by a camera and mailed out to
you…remember this: You have a constitutional right to confront and
examine (ask questions of) your accuser, which in this case is a camera.
of all, they are not going to bring the camera into the courtroom, and
they did, the camera can’t answer your questions…case dismissed.
5. Check your ticket for a slot that says “Vacation Dates.”
Some have them, some don’t. If its filled in, call the court just before
appearance date and request an extension that lands during the officer’s
vacation. When he doesn’t show up you win.
6. Call the officer’s station once a day for a week. Whatever
day they say he’s not in is likely his day off. Request your extension
on that day. Chances are better that he won’t show up then than on a day
7. If you got a ticket out of state, or too far away to drive
back & fight it, call the court and tell them you want a “Trial By
Declaration.” They’ll give you a deadline date, and all you have to do
the judge a letter telling him why you’re not guilty. If you write a
you’ll likely win because the cop won’t be there to testify against you.
If its an air patrol ticket (cop in airplane clocks
you…chase car on ground writes you the ticket), go to court. Most of
the only cop who shows up is the one who wrote the ticket. Since he
testify to how the cop in the plane clocked you (its called hearsay),
If its a speeding ticket from a zone less than 55, remember
that these fall under the basic speed law…which says “you shall not
an unsafe speed for road conditions.” This means you can go into court
the judge, “Yes your honor, I was going 45 in a 35, AND, I was doing so
The weather conditions and visibility were good, traffic was light and
weren’t any school children or pedestrians around.” The cop has to prove
you were “endangering someone’s life or limb” which he’s not going to be
do. You walk.
Always remember that you are innocent until proven guilty.
For example, the beam coming out of a radar gun spreads out as it gets
from the gun. 200 yards away, it is over 4 lanes wide. If the cop picked
of a bunch of cars, he can’t prove that you’re the one he clocked, it
been any of them.