Let me begin this article by stating that there is no such thing as fool-proof system to avoid receiving speeding tickets … except always driving posted speed limit. However, there are a few things you can do (and say) that can help you avoid getting more speeding citations.
- Work on your situational awareness. If everyone on the road is slowing down, there probably is a reason for that. Don’t be that guy who burns rubber leaving everyone behind, sticking out like a sore thumb.
- So don’t stick out. Which car is more likely to get pulled over, the tan sedan traveling in the slow lane, or the hemi orange Challenger?
- Keep quiet and always be polite. Once you get pulled over, never get snippy with the officer. This is not a place or time to argue your case. Challenging a police officer will not help you make your case but may result in additional citations. If you truly believe that the ticket was unfair, fight it later in court. Hand in your license, registration and proof of insurance. Remain polite but do not volunteer any information.
- If you do decide to engage the officer and try to talk your way out of a ticket, don’t insult the officer’s intelligence with some ridiculous excuse. Many officers are more likely to let someone off with a warning or non-point citation if that person is truthful than someone who is lying. A traffic cop has probably seen and heard it all, if he or she happens to be in a good mood you may get lucky but don’t count on being rewarded for creativity.
- If you’re going to speed because let’s be frank everyone does it from time to time, and if you drive in NJ it may feel like everyone is speeding all the time, keep in mind that many officers may not bother pulling someone over who is speeding 5-10 miles over the limit, but once you are going 10+ miles you’re starting to stick out. Going over 20+ miles over the speed limit is even more likely to result in some unwanted attention from the police. Having said that, let’s go back to the situational awareness – going 10 miles over the speed limit in a residential neighborhood is not the same as speeding on a highway.