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How to Get Out of Speeding Tickets, Every Step of the Way

Robert has driven several cars in his lifetime and has sped in each one of them.

Speeding can be fun, but getting a ticket isn't. Learn how to fandangle your way out of a ticket.

Speeding can be fun, but getting a ticket isn't. Learn how to fandangle your way out of a ticket.

The engine revs, the speedometer races towards the right, and the pedal beneath your foot can be pushed down no further. You fly past other vehicles, hoping that you will make it to your destination in half the time your GPS tells you. It's a sweet, glorious feeling—that is, until the sirens and flashing lights appear behind you.

It's not a parade in your honor. It's not Christmas time or the Fourth of July. It's not even the ice cream man coming after you because you forgot to pay.

It's the police. And it means bad news.

Getting a speeding ticket is never a fun situation. It's also a situation that can often be avoided. Here are some tips to help you skip out on your next traffic fine.

Avoiding Tickets at Every Step

The goal of this article is to help you evade a ticket (not the police—that would be illegal). It doesn't matter at what point you are in the ticket-getting phase, this article can assist you in potentially saving thousands of dollars! So read on, your retirement and children's college fund depends on it.

You Can Benefit From This Article If:

  1. You have received far too many speeding tickets in your lifetime (Finally! A break!).
  2. You have NEVER received a speeding ticket (Hopefully this means that you are incredibly young or very lucky—not that you get passed by semis), and don't ever want to get one.
  3. You have just received a ticket and have a court date scheduled (No, it's not too late to save some money).
  4. You are reading this on your smartphone while the police officer is walking up to your car window after getting pulled over (Read fast! There's still hope!)

Remember, until the judge has made the final call, there is hope. And hope, mixed with action, can prevail!

How to Minimize Your Chances of Getting Pulled Over

While driving slowly is always an option, for those of you who do not believe that it is the best (or most efficient) option, the following information will be of great use to you. Just as an athlete carefully trains and selects his gear for the best results, an experienced speed-demon knows that preparation is the beginning of success.

Drive an Unimpressive Car

I have driven several cars in my lifetime, and I can vouch for this personally. I get pulled over far more times when I am in a convertible or red sports car as opposed to an SUV, mini-van, or less impressive vehicle. Additionally, when I have gotten pulled over, I have gotten out of tickets far easier when I don't look like I'm asking for a ticket based on the car that I drive. If you drive I car that won't pick up chicks, you also won't pick up cops (it's a tough trade-off to make and requires much thought).

Invest in a Radar Detector

This goes without saying, having an electronic eye that can spot the cops before they spot you can pay for themselves in a matter of days. But be careful, the laser guns that cops are now using only go off when the officer pulls the trigger (meaning that, if there is no one in front of you who gets checked, you could be in big trouble). Remaining alert, and using a radar detector as a support tool, is the most effective way to drive at high velocities.

Download the Free Trapster Smartphone App

Yes, this app can save lives! Or at least dollars. Download the app and see where fellow drivers have marked police locations. As you start approaching a location you know to slow down. If the cop is still there, tag it again to share the love with the person who follows. This is really a great app and has saved me (and could have saved me) many times.

Keep a Few Good Props Around

A box of donuts, hospital (or other charity) ID card or police donor sticker will provide a significant step up in the realm of avoiding a speeding ticket if you actually do get pulled over. When the officer notices that you are a passionate doer of niceness, he will be more willing to let you go. Meanwhile, the donuts would be funny and nice. Just make sure that its real—faking to be a doctor will probably get you in more trouble than it will help.

Talking Your Way Out of a Speeding Ticket (In the Moment)

If you end up getting pulled over at a time when you forgot to have a box of donuts and your doctor badge on hand, then chances of getting out of the ticket drop dramatically. But all hope is not lost—there are still plenty of opportunities to reduce your odds of being fined. Here are some of them...

Be a Beautiful Woman

It is true. Research proves it (my research consisted of thinking about this topic for 15 seconds, so I would consider it invaluable science). Women who are good looking have an opportunity to get out of speeding tickets much better than anyone else. It's the smile, the charm, and the attractiveness. So, my first recommendation to anyone who believes they may get pulled over frequently is to be a beautiful woman—if this isn't going to work for you, then keep reading.

Get the Officer to Laugh

If he cracks, you're off the hook. I have yet to meet an officer who chuckled and charged. It seems as if it's one or the other. One time when I was pulled over for running a stop sign in Michigan, as the officer was walking back to his car with my license I hollered out the window, "I don't suppose I get a bit of leeway with the California stop, being from California and all!" He laughed, said he'd think about it, and let me off the hook. Get the officer to laugh and you are golden!

Start to Cry

As you can notice through this entire list, the key is to invoke some type of emotion here. When someone has an emotional response to someone else, they become bonded. And this bond can get you out of a ticket! So sob it up. Let loose the waters of despair! Though it can be risking, it just might work.

If you can build up some kind of relationship with the police officer, you can count on a higher chance of being freed from the horror of a higher insurance bill.

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How to Lower or Eliminate Your Ticket After Getting It

It turns out your mother was wrong, your face is not as charming as she has always told you. And that friend that mentioned how impressed he was with your wit? You should probably stop being friends with him—he clearly just wants something from you. If you are reading this portion of the article, you probably were unable to talk, charm, woo, bribe, or cry your way out of a speeding ticket. Now what?!

Remember, until the judge makes the final call, all is not lost! Here are some things to help you even after getting the ticket.

Show Up to Your Court Date

I am pretty sure that the story "If the cop doesn't show up to the hearing, you get off scot-free" is exactly that, just a story. However, showing up at the hearing does provide you with a valuable opportunity to share with the judge your excuses, or struggles, and your dreams. If the judge ends up having more sympathy than the officer did, you just might be able to minimize or eliminate your ticket!

Ask About Driving School or Other Programs

The cost of the ticket isn't your only fear—there is also the cost of increased insurance. If you cannot get out of the ticket, than attempt to work with the judge to find an opportunity to remove the ticket from your driving record. Many states have driving schools that will waste a Sunday, but save you potentially thousands of dollars. Other states (such as Indiana, from my personal experience) only require a bribe—you pay the extra money and if you don't get another ticket for two years you are off the hook. Keeping the ticket off of your record is a huge benefit.

Take a Prison Sentence

Although I would call this a desperate last resort (and frankly, I am not sure why anyone would do this), if you really do not want to pay the ticket, I am sure that you can spend a couple of weeks in the local jail to pay your time. For most of us, it's probably more efficient just to pay the ticket, however, go with what your heart tells you.

How to Enjoy Speeding and Peace of Mind

While the odds of receiving a ticket increase dramatically when speeding, sometimes the thrill or necessity of it is simply to overwhelming. It generally seems that cops will give you a 5-10 mile buffer. So it is probably better to go 9 miles over than 11 miles over. It would be a bummer to have missed that window by a mile or two.

When you do get caught, and the techniques here don't work, just man (woman) up and pay the ticket. Remember, however much we all hate speed traps (those are really ALL about getting money and not protecting society), nearly everything else that officers do is to improve society and keep us safe.

Police officers do a very noble work with not nearly enough respect. Always treat them with dignity and respect. And consider this—that $300 ticket that you paid might provide the added funds needed to take down a drug lord or kidnapper!

Am I saying that speeding can save lives? Well, I suppose that's a matter of opinion.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.


JayJay from Western North Carolina on February 23, 2013:

All of my cars look fast, so I'm probably screwed. As a result I never get a speeding ticket driving them because I know I'm a target. The few tickets that I have gotten have been in my daily driver cars...go figure.

Thanks for an interesting article.

Robert Erich (author) from California on December 29, 2012:

You are very right Paul, keeping those tickets off of your record is a huge benefit for your pocket book. Thanks so much for sharing! Much appreciated.

Paul Richard Kuehn from Udorn City, Thailand on December 29, 2012:


This is an interesting and very entertaining hub. I have received a few speeding tickets in my life and always contested them in court. Although I haven't been able to avoid or reduce the fine, I have had the points charged for the speeding offense removed from my driving record. This is very important, because if you accumulate too many points, you can have your license suspended in many states. Voted up and sharing with followers and on Facebook.

Robert Erich (author) from California on September 30, 2012:

That's a fantastic tip! It's true - if you make their jobs easier, they will often pay it back. I appreciate your insight here Sid. Thanks a lot!

Sid Kemp from Boca Raton, Florida (near Miami and Palm Beach) on September 30, 2012:

A great hub. I've slowed down with age and now avoid tickets by staying within the speed limit, or with the flow of traffic. I've learned to enjoy a meditative drive. But here's one that used to work for me: When pulled over, stop the car and place both hands on the wheel. If you have a passenger, have them put the hands on the dashboard, in plain sight. I used to try to be helpful and get my registration out as the cop was walking up. Not cool! How do they know I'm not going for a gun. Keep your hands in plain site, and be humble and apologetic. I've gotten three breaks (two for speeding, one for running a red light) this way, when I was on a bad run of getting tickets before that.

Robert Erich (author) from California on September 25, 2012:

@Elle: Good idea, being inconspicuous is most important!

@Krsharp: Hm... that's a great addition - the best way to avoid speeding tickets is to simple BE the officer. Thanks for sharing that. ;)

Kristi Sharp from Born in Missouri. Raised in Minnesota. on September 25, 2012:

Always funny and poignant at the same time. Never considered props but it's a great idea. Luckily, the other car in my driveway is a police car so we usually take it everywhere...people seem to get out of the way a whole lot faster when we're in that vehicle. Love your work Robert. -K

ElleBee on September 15, 2012:

These are great tips! The only other I can think of is that when you're driving out of state try not to be too conspicuous. I've only been pulled over for speeding twice, and only one of those times resulted in a ticket. It was while I was moving cross country and had a big roof rack on my car. I'd been on cruise control all day, but bumped up the speed a bit to pass a tractor trailer. I have a feeling the fact that I had Mass plates and was unlikely to request a court appearance in Missouri was a factor in my not being able to get out of the ticket... at least tickets cost a lot less in MO than MA.

Robert Erich (author) from California on September 15, 2012:

Great addition nicomp! I need to get one of those stickers. And it's good to hear that you've successfully kept your speed down Linda! That is a feat in and of itself. Maybe right an article about that? lol.

Linda Chechar from Arizona on September 15, 2012:

Cute Hub! Luckily, it's been so long since I've been cited for speeding, I can't remember the related stories. I do know I was never able to get out of a ticket tho. :(

nicomp really from Ohio, USA on September 15, 2012:

Don't forget that badge-like thingy that bolts to your rear license plate, obscures the numbers, and tells the world that you are in the FOP or know someone in the FOP or know someone who can get the badge-like thingy for you. No vehicle wearing that thingy ever gets a ticket.

Robert Erich (author) from California on September 14, 2012:

Thanks Cassy! And that is a good point, with a family it certainly isn't a smart thing to speed. I admire your good, motherly thoughtfulness!

CassyLu1981 from Wilmington, NC on September 14, 2012:

Excellent advice how to get out of those tickets LOL being a female it's a lot easier for me :) Used to use that excuse a lot but now that I'm married with kids I do follow the speed limit. I'm not sure what I would do if anything ever happened to them because I was driving too fast. Great hub, voted up and shared and pinned :)

Robert Erich (author) from California on September 13, 2012:

I'm glad you've enjoyed greeneryday! And if it benefits you as well - all the better! ;)

greeneryday from Some tropical country on September 13, 2012:

LOL Humorous but true. Even I could use some of the advice written in this hub... well done! Voted up and more!

Robert Erich (author) from California on September 13, 2012:

Thanks so much Ed! It sure is fun to write. And it is even more flattering to know that people enjoy reading. Your comment means a lot to me! Have a great end to your week.

BigEd5857 on September 12, 2012:


I just wanted to let you know that I just discovered your treasure chest of Hubs today. I am sure glad I did, the ones I have been able to enjoy so far are excellent. Thanks for contributing your humor, wit and wisdom. Looking forward to consuming the remainder in the next couple days. Thanks again.



Robert Erich (author) from California on September 12, 2012:

Hahaha! That's great! I never thought of a liver delivery as an excuse before... What a smart friend you have (and what an important job!).

Om Paramapoonya on September 12, 2012:

Great job! Very entertaining and useful. A friend of mine used to work for a courier company that sometimes delivered medical supplies, blood and donated body parts to hospitals. And he really enjoyed driving his company's truck because whenever he got pulled over, he would just say something like "Oh, I have a liver in the back of my truck and it's an urgent delivery!" (although it actually wasn't) and the cop would be quite willing to let him go.

Robert Erich (author) from California on September 12, 2012:

Hahah. Well done! And thanks for the rest of the story. It was well worth it. Sadly it's too late for me to save that perfect record - but I'm sure someone will read this and be able to make the most of it. Thanks Ed!

BigEd5857 on September 12, 2012:

Hello again, hmmm the rest of the story disappeared. He said he did not want to be the cop to mess up the perfect driving record of a 50 year old man, that apparently follows the rules most of the time. Sure glad I caught him on a good day, that ticket would have been HUGE.

Voted your Hub up, interesting, useful and very funny.


Robert Erich (author) from California on September 12, 2012:

This sounds like a great story BigEd! lol. Well done dropping the joke. I am assuming you left off the end of the story just to build up anticipation. Maybe one day we'll hear the rest? Either way - well done and thanks for sharing!

BigEd5857 on September 12, 2012:

Thank you for the very entertaining hub. The part about the bonding part sure worked for me on one occasion. As a foreman for the railroad maintenance company that I worked for, I drove a company truck. We were done for the day and returning to town from the coal mines in NE Wyoming. Every body speeds to some extent out on these country backroads. I had passed a bus and was going about 95 in a 55 zone. About a mile down the road I caught the glimpse of beautiful red and blue lights in my rearview. I joked with the officer that it wasn't really fair that the cops were now using super powers to catch speeders. He looked at me curiously, I said "you must have been invisible because we can see forever out here and we never caught a glimpse of you until the pretty lights". He actually laughed and stated that they utilized many techniques that we probably didn't know about. He took my license And returned to his car. Upon returning he said "

Robert Erich (author) from California on September 12, 2012:

It's true! Some people get incredibly creative with their app-making. And some people have all kinds of times to play games and fiddle around with their phones. It is a little crazy. I am glad you enjoyed the article! Mission accomplished. ;)

kelleyward on September 12, 2012:

A police app. Wow how much free time do people have today? I really enjoyed this hub. Voted up and shared! Kelley

Robert Erich (author) from California on September 12, 2012:

Hahaha! I love that quote. And I would agree - 8 is probably much safer. I am glad that you enjoyed the read and made it ticket free to Myrtle Beach!

Leah Lefler from Western New York on September 12, 2012:

This is hilarious, Robert! We recently drove to Myrtle Beach, SC from New York and followed the saying, "Eight you're great, nine your MINE!" Meaning, of course, that 8 miles over the speed limit is fine, but 9 miles over will get you a ticket!

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