There will be 43.5 million Americans hitting the road this week as they visit family and friends over the Thanksgiving break, an increase of 1.9% compared to last year according to AAA. You’ll be out on the highways and byways, so there’s a chance that you’ll be late to your nana’s house for Aunt Brenda’s famous mac n’ cheese and get pulled over for speeding. But there just might be a glimmer of hope for you to avoid getting a traffic ticket.
Steve Lehto, who has been practicing Lemon Law and Consumer Protection for 23 years, has come out with a video that will teach you how to reduce your chances of getting a traffic ticket this busy holiday week.
When those flashing lights are behind you there are certain things you can do to accommodate the police officer so they are more likely to accommodate you and not give you a ticket that could cost you thousands.
Tips On How To Reduce Your Odds Of Getting A Traffic Ticket:
- As soon as you see a police cruiser behind you do not jam on the breaks, instead coast.
- Pull over quickly, but safely, using your blinker and caution.
- Steer your car to the side of the road and try to get as far to the right as possible.
- Roll down your window completely.
- Turn on your overhead interior light.
- Put your hands on the steering wheel at 10 and 2.
- Do not admit that you broke the law.
- The cop may ask “Do you know how fast you were going?” Say “I’m sorry officer, I don’t know how fast I was going, I apologize.”
- If asked for license, registration, and insurance, tell the officer that you are going to get the papers for him and explain your hand movements.
- While the officer is checking your information, sit still while waiting for the cop to return, and don’t make sudden movements.
- Do not say anything remarkable to the officer during the traffic stop that may incriminate you in court later.
In a time when police officers are being ambushed during traffic stops, it’s a wise decision to make their and your experience as safe and pleasant as possible. Being polite, courteous, and respectful to law enforcement is more likely to get you out of an expensive ticket or have a reduced charge. While being disrespectful and mouthing off to the police will only hurt you in the end.
May you have safe and ticket-free travels this holiday season.