7 ways to talk your way out of a ticket

Speeding or other violations can cost you big bucks. But with the right excuse, police might let you off without a ticket. These explanations have worked for others.

By Gina Roberts-Grey, Insure.com

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Mar 19, 2011 10:41PM
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I'm a Cop and I'll tell ya...be honest. "Yes sir, I was driving a little fast and I'm sorry. I had to pee, the kid was screaming and I wanted to get him to bed, My sitter had to leave 10 minutes ago and traffic is a bear"....etc. Don't roll your eyes, don't deny, be nice.
Mar 9, 2011 11:27AM
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Old joke - A man was pulled over for speeding, the officer asked the man why he was speeding and didn't pul over right away - the man replied, "My ex-wife ran off with a police officer and I thought you were trying to give her back."
Mar 25, 2011 3:20PM
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I was speeding in Laguna Canyon,Ca...was stopped...
he (the COP)..saw my Vietnam pin...
asked if that was me and I said yes..I was there in 67 to 69...
he said.".thanks for your service"
 and let me off with a warning..unreal..after all these years ..a thank you!
I do not speed now..I will not dishonor his courtesy!
Mar 19, 2011 7:09AM
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By far, the best way to avoid a ticket is DRIVE LEGAL. Obey speed limits, use signals, get that $%^^& cell phone off the side of your head, etc. and you won't get any tickets.
Mar 19, 2011 7:49AM
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Told him I just got my period while driving and I was trying to get home fast to keep the blood from staining the white fabric seat.  (True)

 

He said, "What?"

 

I said, "I began MENSTRUATING and I'm trying to keep the blood from getting on the white fabric car seat!"

 

He asked me to step out of the car.

Boy was he sorry he did that.

I hadn't succeeded. 

No ticket.

 

This probably won't work for a man...

Mar 19, 2011 9:36PM
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last year i was pulled over in Colorado the officer asked me why i was speeding and i told him i was trying to keep up with traffic. it was like 12 am. so he said what traffic and i said EXACTLY! he stood there looked at me then laughed and said you can go.
Mar 19, 2011 10:01AM
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I've been pulled over twice in the past 5 years.  Both times I've put my hands on the wheel, (one stop was at night, so I turned on the interior lights), and informed the officer I was a CCW permit holder.  I advised him I was carrying a firearm and asked him how he wanted me  to handle the situation, then handed him my permit along with my license.  Both times I got off with a warning.  (One time the deputy took possession of my gun for the duration of the stop, which he was legally entitled to do).  Both times the officers thanked me for my courtesy in informing them I was armed.

Don't forget, every time a cop approaches a car, he knows he's putting his life on the line.  Courtesy and respect go a long way.

Mar 19, 2011 10:22AM
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Man stopped by State Trooper who asked. "Why were you speeding?"

Man answers: 7 years ago my wife ran off with a State Trooper and I thought you were trying to bring her back.

State Trooper: Have a nice day.

Mar 19, 2011 10:56AM
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As a street cop (years ago) it actually got to be funny how many excuses/offers that came from people that were stopped for speeding or other traffic violations.  Most people I leg go without a ticket were those who were nice and realized they had made a mistake.(never let the same person go twice, though).  Had quite a few offers from ladies...to go out with them.   My answer to that was always..."If you still feel that way after I write this citation, we can talk about it."  Once in a while one would still be interested, but most would just be angry.  Police officers have human moments, but we do become immune to the excuses after a while.  Be safe, don't break the law and you will not have to worry about tickets.  Simple.
Mar 19, 2011 8:43PM
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Just stay away from cops and lawyers and your life will be much better.
Mar 19, 2011 3:36PM
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I was a police officer for 16 years, and left it due to the stress levels most people don't even understand!

We had a job to do and least of all was writing tickets. I gave out more verbal warnings than tickets, and these jerks who say we have a quota is full of it! We didn't have a quota, we could write as many as we pleased!

Patrol cops leave ticket writing to traffic officers and that;s there main job, investigating accidents and working traffic! Sure, if I was on patrol and saw some jerk driving like a maniac,I would stop him and find out what his problem was! And it was dangerous because you had no idea why this guy was driving like he was! It could be that he just murdered someone or held up a business, so you didn't walk up to the car window with your pecker in your hands, no! you had your hand on your gun and watched every move what this guy or woman was doing, and approached the car very carefully, sometimes from the passenger side! The most dangerous thing was a traffic stop! So, this crap about writing tickets for just revenue is a bunch of horse dung! If traffic wasn't enforced these idiots would be out driving as they pleased ignoring traffic law and causing accident and killing other motorists. When getting stopped attitude has a whole lot to do with it! If you act in a manner offensive to the officer, more than likely you WILL get a ticket! So, be nice and do not make any sudden moves in the car when the officer approaches. Being congenial will likely get you a warning.

Mar 19, 2011 9:58AM
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There are better ways to avoid getting tickets. Don't drive like an idiot, give yourself some space between cars, pay attention to your surroundings, use you turn signals, don't be so uptight and impatient.
Problem solved.

Mar 19, 2011 8:55PM
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Hey, Here is an idea to keep you from getting ticketed... Don't break the law!!!
Mar 19, 2011 6:10PM
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The 8th way to get out of a ticket: don't break the law.
Mar 19, 2011 8:11PM
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My father was a cop for about 16 years. Part of the job, of course, was pulling people over and giving out traffic tickets where he saw fit. By the way, I absolutely hate most cops. Love my dad though. From the years I spent around other cops, I was able to conclude that most of them  were not very intelligent. Intuition seemed non-existent. Everyone whose pants sagged even slightly were (and still are) low life thug drug addicts. When they spoke about people other than cops, they seemed to downplay every involvement any one person might be a part of that didn't include conflict of some sort. The reason my father left the force after sixteen years was not because he couldn't handle his duties, but the other cops. He could tell you about countless occasions where officers blatantly abused their "power" (and yes i mean illegally) to take advantage of all different situations, including disposing of traffic fines in exchange for dates, phone numbers, gifts, etc. My dad, I'm sure, holds guilt in his own share of this corruption. Thankfully and luckily for him, his conscience finally trumped his ego before he could retire, forever stamping him as an enforcer of "the law". I agree with the folks that say people make mistakes, because they do! Also, I never voted for the laws that I'm subjected to constantly. Why should I have to condone them then? Don't get confused here. When I break the law, I take all necessary actions to clean my nose. It doesn't mean I can't express my disgust with the system that squanders the taxes and fines I pay to fund wars  in countries that have far less need for conflict resolution than do others. I received a ticket in midday this last Tuesday for going 7 over in a 75 on the freeway in the middle of Nowhere, USA. There was hardly any traffic to be seen, which is why I assume I was targeted. Was I pulled over because the guy was bored? Quite possibly, which is absolutely ludicrous! The thing to remember is that they are only human. They, like other men, are drawn to beautiful women, get upset when aggravated, etc. Of course, this is all forgotten when somebody who is is not an officer breaks the law over such things. The difference between cops and any schmoe is that they believe that a man has the right to assert control over another man concerning matters that should be left to the decision of individuals, to the point of making a career out of that ill logic. In this case, if a person chooses to accelerate their vehicle at a speed they feel capable of handling, then so be it. If accidents are the worry, then maybe automotives should be outlawed altogether. How many accidents would there be then? After all, the world carried on just fine when horse was your best option for getting around, right? When  a person decides to pin that badge on their uniform, they need to truly take responsibility for the power that none of us ever gave them. In my opinion, the average officer is not qualified to determine whether or not somebody has "learned their lesson" so judgements should be made as fairly and as equally as possible. The choice has been made to put your personal desires and blind biases aside in exchange for humble and equal treatment for the citizens that unwittingly pay you to keep the peace. This has been the biggest omission in the police psyche. The result? Gross hypocrisy in the enforcement of mindless/harmful laws against those they've sworn to protect, while simultaneously breaking the laws they've sworn to upkeep. I should add before being completely slammed, I'm speaking generally about the cops that fit this description, which in my experience, is most of them. There are some good cops out there, but in the new era of corruption, they are becoming farther and fewer between.
Mar 19, 2011 12:04PM
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The problem with speeding tickets is that the penalty far outweighs the infraction. The insurance penalties are ridiculous. The biggest fallacy about speeding is the old saw " speed kills" . No one seems to see through this incorrect and ignorant saying. Speed doesn't kill. Its the poorly skilled driver who kills. Increased speed just exacerbates the accident. Its the same as saying that guns kill. Its the individual using the gun who kills. All one needs to do is  drive every day to see how many idiots there are behind the wheel. No signals, rolling stops, lane changes without signaling, driving 15 miles under the speed limit or 25 plus over, USING A CELL PHONE WHILE DRIVING is another really bad habit  American drivers are guilty of. It robs from the necessary attention required to be a skilled driver. However, the WORST attribute one can recognize in American drivers is the plain ignorance of driving skills and road knowledge. I recently was told by a man with 30+ years of driving experience that it was illegal to pass a plow on a highway. Same guy told me that it was illegal to pass a parked municipal bus!!! The cops are doing their job. They know the laws and are bound to enforce them. In many cases the cops are ticketing people who barely have a clue about what is entailed being a skilled and courteous driver. If it were a bit more difficult to get a driving license, in the first place, maybe there would be fewer dolts behind the wheel. I drive considerable distances everyday and I can't believe how many drivers out there shouldn't be driving. Driving tests should not only be more difficult but driving skills should be assessed on a regular basis. Skilled drivers suffer the same penalties as do poorly skilled drivers if the law is broken. Most cops can be reasonable. Telling the truth and treating the officer with respect is the only way to go. You might get a ticket and you might not. That's up to the officer. You're the one who broke the law.
Mar 19, 2011 8:33PM
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if you need to be there at a certain time just leave early , no problem, no ticket, no fine .

nuf said..

Mar 19, 2011 9:03AM
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"Seif-Eldeine Och , says she has been pulled over 43 times in eight years, and has walked away 39 times ticket-free."

This is ****, 43 times in 8 years, she should not still have her license. Reckless, irresponsible & not someone I want to share the road with.
Mar 19, 2011 6:08PM
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Here's a novel approach:  try following the laws.  Then, if you should make a mistake, fess up and take responsibility.

People spend more time and energy trying to get out of something than it would take to do it right in the first place.

Mar 19, 2011 10:26AM
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Heres an idea.  FOLLOW THE LAWS OF THE ROAD!!!!  Dont go over the speed limit, actually STOP for the stop sign.  Hang up the phone and drive!  Theres no way youre gonna get out of a ticket the cities are so strapped for cash these days every penny counts.
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