4 Tips to Avoid a Traffic Ticket
No one likes getting pulled over. Seeing those red and blue flashing lights in your rear view mirror, for some people, is almost like a “come to Jesus” meeting. It can go two ways: 1. you get lectured about why you shouldn’t speed, or 2. you get slapped in the face with a $200 speeding ticket. Suddenly, being lectured doesn’t sound like a bad option.
1. Use your manners!
As a youngster, your mother probably drilled the words “please” and “thank you” into your head. If you don’t regularly use your manners, now would be a good time to do so. Monkey see, monkey do; If you’re pleasant to the officer, the officer is more likely to be pleasant to you. Remember, “cop a ‘tude and you get screwed.” When you get an attitude, you are helping the cops because it turns a routine inquiry into a chance to make an arrest.
2. Answer with a smile.
Smile. It’s your own touch of charm and is a way of saying you’re friendly and understanding of whichever consequence is coming your way.
3. They can smell fear.
It’s true, law enforcement can smell fear. So in the unfortunate case you do get pulled over, just don’t be sketchy. This is going to let the cop know he’s not going to get hurt, which is golden for getting off with a warning. Keep your hands at 10 and 2, turn off your engine, roll down your window, and have your license/registration ready to give to the officer. You don’t want to be fumbling around looking for it because it is a sign of nervousness and criminal activity. Staying calm and polite in the presence of an officer is important.
4. Don’t bribe or flirt.
Let them lead and do the talking. When people get nervous, they offer up more information than necessary, which can lead a police officer to become suspicious and ask to search your car. Any contraband in your vehicle is legally yours, it doesn’t matter if your friend left it in there or not.
Do not offer them money or strange things to let you off the hook. That is just going to lead to more suspicion. Don’t flirt…it’s just weird and cops know what your intention is in sliding a flirty statement into the conversation. Some officers may also see that as insulting their integrity, which is a guaranteed ticket.
If you have been given any sort of traffic citation, do not hesitate to call our office at 904-355-6777. We have a team of competent lawyers ready to fight for you!