Speeding tickets can be very costly these days. There is no harm in trying to get out of a speeding ticket; the worse that can happen is you still get one. Below are a few strategies you can use to try to get out of a speeding ticket.
The White Lie
Fibbing, white lies or stretching the truth can be a useful tactic as long as your story is non-verifiable. For example, if the police officer asks you why you were speeding you could make up a story about how you were just in an emotional fight with your boyfriend or girlfriend. The officer may take pity on your situation and let you off with a warning. Does this work all the time? Of course not, but sympathy can be rewarded with just a warning.
Almost the Truth
If you are doing 70 in a 55 mph zone you know you are speeding. Admitting the truth but not the whole truth can save you some money. If you are stopped, tell the officer that you knew you were speeding. This may disarm them and have them pay more attention to what you are about to say. Then you apologize for driving 62 in a 55 mph zone. The officer will mostly reply that you were going faster than that. You would then reply to him that your speedometer has been acting up lately. This may not get you out of a speeding ticket but you may not get a ticket for the full amount.
The Positive Approach
It’s hard to be mad at a person who has a sense of humor and a positive attitude. If you are stopped for speeding, be cordial to the officer and greet them with a smile. They key to this approach is not to argue, admit your fault then ask if it would be possible to get just a warning this time. Tell them you haven’t had a speeding ticket in years and you will be very careful in the future. Using this tactic on the right officer can be very effective in dodging a speeding ticket.
There is no guarantee that any tactic will get you out of a speeding ticket. In situations like these you have to use your instincts and size up the officer quickly. Unless you are recklessly speeding the officer has the discretion to give or not to give a speeding ticket. As mentioned, you really have nothing to lose in trying to get out of the ticket.