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Guidelines For Avoiding A Speeding Ticket

Jul 10, 2008
A speeding ticket itself isn't a costly matter- with most being only mildly or moderately expensive. The real kicker comes when insurance companies find out about the speeding ticket. After this occurs, the only hope a consumer has is to fight the speeding ticket in court. Luckily, there are a few ways to do so and win.

A nice technicality to keep in mind is the fact that if an officer can show up to a court date in which the driver obtains to contest the speeding ticket, the driver will usually win the case automatically. Rules differ depending on location, but this is an easy way for the majority of drivers to get off their speeding ticket with minimal effort. This is very true in the Summer, where vacations are taken even by cops- and missing a court date can't be avoided.

Saving the details of the incident for the court room is important for drivers to maintain their innocence. A cop will very commonly ask "Do you know why I pulled you over?" This is a question that often makes the driver admit they were speeding, which can be used against them in a court of law. To stay innocent, always think before talking- and omit unnecessary details the officer doesn't need.

Officers of the law are expected to follow routine in a traffic stop. When they don't, drivers can get out of speeding tickets rather easily. Drivers should always ask the officer in court if they have had proper training on the speed capturing device. They should also ask if the device is fully functioning, properly calibrated, and properly maintained for actual usage. If the officer can't come up with an answer, the driver stands better chance to get out of the ticket.

Drivers don't always have to suffer higher insurance premiums. If they do get a speeding ticket, and there is no possible chance of showing innocence, some areas allow for driving school to be enrolled in. This will essentially wipe the speeding ticket from one's record, but it costs extra and the expense of the speeding ticket is also to be paid. On top of this, it also requires a full Saturday to complete in most areas.

The best way to avoid a speeding ticket altogether is to avoid speed traps. Speed traps seek to trap drivers in unfair speeding ticket cases. As an example, a driver might be driving downhill and the speed limit may change by 10-20 miles per hour. If this occurs, the driver can't safely stop without applying much pressure to one's brakes. Most drivers will slowly put on their breaks, but then find out that a cop was waiting for this very event, and then get a speeding ticket as a result.

In Conclusion

No one likes a speeding ticket, but there are ways to get out of them if enough effort is exerted. Everything from driver schools to fighting the ticket in court can help erase the ticket from one's record completely. But then again, driving passively and safely can avoid the situation in the first place.
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