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Avoiding a Speeding Ticket

No one likes being pulled over by a cop only to hear that a speeding ticket is the charge. These types of tickets can be costly, and they can add points on peoples' licenses. Therefore, it's important to know how to avoid getting a speeding ticket in the first place.

Plan Ahead
Ignorance is not an excuse that will get people out of a speeding ticket. Before embarking on a journey, individuals must review the speed limits for the area to which they are traveling. For example, drivers on certain rural interstates in Texas can go up to 85 miles per hour, but drivers on urban interstates in Connecticut can go no more than 55 miles per hour. Some GPS devices actually list the current allowable speed limit on them and alert the driver if he or she goes over it.

Stay in the Flow
Generally, if people are driving on a fairly crowded road, police officers are not going to be looking for individuals going five miles over the speed limit. They are going to be looking for the drivers who are racing past everyone else on the road. Therefore, it's important to keep up with traffic as long as everyone isn't going way over the speed limit. In order to avoid receiving a ticket, it is a much better plan to fit in than to stand out.

Don't Make Other Mistakes
If a driver forgets to signal or starts cutting off other people in the lane, it is going to be a red flag for a police officer to pull that individual over. Let's say that the driver was speeding while doing these other illegal actions. Chances are, the police officer is going to note the speed as a problem as well, and the driver may wind up with double the points or double the fine.

Drive the Speed Limit
While it seems like common sense to simply drive the speed limit, many people cannot manage to accomplish this. People should avoid putting themselves in predicaments where they need to speed in the first place. Instead of leaving at the last minute possible, they should allow for generous amounts of time to arrive at a destination. Furthermore, it is important to remember that an extra two minutes is not going to make much of a difference in terms of arrival time, and an extra two minutes is certainly not something for which it is worth dying.

Avoid Unnecessary Predicaments
One excuse that people often give when they are speeding is that they felt like they had to. When someone is tailgating another drive, the leading driver should change lanes when it is safe to do so as opposed to trying to race the tailgater. Additionally, people may feel pressured to drive faster when they are in the "fast lane." They should simply stay in one of the other available lanes so that they are not even tempted to speed in the first place.

Radar Detectors
Even when people follow all of the aforementioned rules, they still might be paranoid that they are going to get caught speeding for just a few miles over the limit. Some states do outlaw radar detectors; therefore, it is crucial to check with the state law before purchasing and using one. Radar detectors will let individuals know when a radar gun is at work in a nearby area.

Observe the Surrounding Area
If a person is going to speed, there may be nothing that can be done to stop him or her. That individual needs to be aware of the surroundings in order to see if police officers are present or hiding in spots that are undetectable at first. Even more importantly though, speeding individuals need to be aware of their surroundings to ensure that they do not injure or kill someone on their journey.

Know "Hot Spots"
People who insist upon speeding should also know where the police officers are waiting. Generally, they are going to be in areas in which people cannot see them until it is too late. For example, police officers will often wait by an underpass or an overpass, or they may hide their cars behind tall plants or bushes so that drivers cannot see them.

The Other Side of the Coin
People can also be ticketed for driving too slowly, so this is absolutely a point to consider. Going 30 miles per hour on a highway where everyone else is going 60 or 70 miles per hour can be dangerous as the slower can be easily hit. It's important to be aware of any minimum speed limit guidelines that exist in the area as well.

Upon Being Stopped
No matter how many precautions individuals take, there is still the risk of receiving a speeding ticket. Even the most polite and respectable people in the world can be handed this unwanted piece of paper. However, it does not hurt to be polite. Being rude and nasty is almost definitely going to get the driver a ticket; however, acting courteous may result in a ticket for a lesser offense that does not cost as many points or dollars. Demeanor is, of course, not a guarantee of a less costly ticket though.

Pleading Guilty
When people do receive a speeding ticket, there is some debate as to whether they should plead not guilty or guilty. If they plead not guilty, they are accepting that they will take the full responsibility of the ticket if found guilty. When there's numerical proof to back up a speeding charge, it is quite hard to fight against. Therefore, pleading guilty and entering into a plea bargain is often the way to go. When doing so, the person may wind up being fined for a lesser offense. Once again, the driver will pay less money and/or receive less points on the license than for a speeding ticket.

Speeding tickets are one of the annoying aspects of life. The best way to not receive a speeding ticket is to avoid speeding in the first place. However, when a ticket is received, that does not necessarily mean that the driver is doomed.


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