How To Fight a Speeding Ticket

Chances are if you have your license then you have been issued a speeding ticket. For the most part most people think that there is nothing they can do to beat a speeding ticket, because after all it was speeding that made them break the law.

There is a old wise tail that I found to be true a few years back when I receive a speeding ticket for going 67 in a 55 mph zone. The theory goes that if the police office did not lock your speed into their radar then you were as free as a bird. The police officer would have no proof to issue you a speeding ticket. I found this to be true. One of the first things you should do when you get pulled over for speeding is to request to see the radar and see what speed he had you locked in at. I found that a lot of police officers do not lock the radar after catching someone speeding.

When most motorist are asked "Do you know why I pulled you over?" They reply with "Yes I was speeding a little". Saying that you know why you were pulled over is just the same as saying your are guilty, and the police officer does not have to have your speed lock at this point. With out this lock there is no way for them to prove you were speeding even, if you were speeding. Without your speed being locked it will probably just get thrown out of court (if it goes that far).

There are many other ways to get of a speeding ticket that I found may be very useful. The first thing you are "NOT" to do is say you were speeding and plead guilty. In the USA there is a saying that people use all the time, "innocent until proven guilty", so let them do there job and prove it. Do not get angry or start arguing with the police officer. This may irritate the officer and they may issue you speeding ticket. The best approach I can suggest is to ask the officer the reason you were pulled over and be very polite. Hey even being nice and kind with no smart comments can even get you out of a speeding ticket sometimes.

The police officer has a great deal of discretion and can just decide to issue you a warning in lieu of a speeding ticket. Again do not admit to the officer that you know why you were pulled over and "Don't argue and get nasty" There is no point in admitting guilt at this point.

OK, lets say your speed was locked into the radar and it was recorded on paper and the officer has decided to issue you a speeding ticket. Now you have to go to a court hearing to find out the fine. You're thinking that there is no way out of this at all. That is where you are wrong. The first thing to do is call for as many continuances as you can. This is when you are unable to make it to the court hearing due to being sick, out of town, or not able to get off work. The longer you can hold off the court the more likely you are going to get out of the ticket.

Now you're still are going to have to go to court sooner or later, but there is still a way out. The longer you can hold off court the more likely the police officer that pulled you over will not be able to make it to the court hearing. Without the same police officer that issued you the speeding ticket being there in person to give the judge his sworn statement, the court has no witness to the traffic ticket incident. See this is how it works. When the police officer writes you the ticket when you get pulled over, he bases the court date around his schedule. This is the way he is able to make it to court. With you calling for a continuance, this disrupts his schedule and more than likely he is not going to be able to make it to court. I doubt he is going to make it a point to change his schedule just to go to a boring court hearing.

Now there is another way to get out of a speeding ticket, and that is to not get a speeding ticket at all. Avoiding a speeding ticket is the 100% way to getting out of a speeding ticket. There is a few tricks to help improve your chances of not even getting pulled over. A good way to help avoid a speeding ticket is to know how many points you have left on your license. Trust me if you are about to loose your license with one more traffic violation, then you are going be extra careful when driving. In turn this is going to heighten your senses and make you a better and more safer driver on the road. Also I am sure you have seen police stickers on many vehicles. The ones that say you support the men in uniform. Yes, well this could be a good way avoid a speeding ticket. If I was a police officer and I was following someone because I was ready to pull them over and I see a sticker on their vehicle that said that they "support me", I might just let them go just as long as they were not speeding way over the limit. This shows the police officer that you support then and he might let you go with a warning or not even pulling you over at all. The local or FOP's around the US depend greatly on contributions. If one of their officer's issues a speeding ticket to a person that has contributed to their organization, believe me the police officer will hear about it. They usually think twice about issuing speeding tickets to contributors and supporters of their local union.

Scanning the road ahead of you is another big way to avoid getting pulled over for speeding. You have to think like a police officer. Where would you be sitting at? Some places police like to sit and wait for speeding is behind over passes. This is one of those, I see you and you don't see me things. They also and sit at the top of a on ramp to the freeway. By the time you pass the ramp he has you locked in for speeding. You have to take use caution especially when approaching ramps or overpasses. Try and start to think like a police officer that needs to write speeding tickets.

In some cities now they have red light cameras that are taking pictures of people speeding and sending the violators a ticket in the mail. There really is no way out of this but to say you were not the one driving, or it was your friend. All that this may attain is the ticket being pushed off to one of your friends. The speeding camera can be found on overpasses on freeways, street corners, and stop lights. They are even found by school zones. There is a product out on the market that you spray on your license plate, and then when the camera snaps a picture of your car, the license plate is blurred out. This is the theory behind the spray. I have never used this so do your own investigation and use at your own risk.

NOTE: This article is not a 100% way to get out of a speeding ticket. It just simply states what might happen in the event of getting pulled over by a police officer.

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