Definitely don’t say: ‘Do you know who I am?!’iStock/KatarzynaBialasiewicz
Same goes for stock bursts of outrage like, “My taxes pay your salary!” and “Don’t you have anything better to do?!” Many officers agree: Not being a jerk is the minimum requirement to getting out of a ticket.
Make sure your car says, ‘I’m law-abiding’iStock/gilaxia
Most officers decide whether you’re getting a ticket or a warning before they even approach your vehicle. A good rule of thumb is to keep your car maintained in such a way that you wouldn’t be embarrassed to drive it to a job interview. Keep it clean, decluttered, and free of bumper stickers that are anti-police or pro-violence. Forgo aftermarket add-ons like spoilers, tinted windows, and neon undercarriage lights. You want to say “I’m responsible and law-abiding,” not “I hate the police, I speed all the time, and I’m trying to hide something from you.” Try these quick tips to keep your car organized.
‘I’d like a continuance, your honor’iStock/tiero
The more time you put between your speeding encounter and your court date, the better, advise some ticket dodgers. Imagine how many people an officer pulls over in a month. How many of them do you think he’ll remember six months from now, especially if you take your ticket quietly and move on? The more continuances you can reasonably request, the more time you have to collect your evidence and prepare your defense—and the less specific that officer’s recollection of you will be. Getting a continuance also increases the probability that the ticketing officer retires, transfers to another department, or just doesn’t show up for your court date. In almost all of these extenuating situations, the case against you will be dropped.