How To Talk Your Way Out Of A Traffic Ticket
If you have ever been pulled over by a police officer for a traffic violation, you might have tried to convince the officer to let you go, that it wasn’t your fault or that it won’t happen again. Excuses and pleas of this sort are something traffic police officers see and hear every day and they have become desensitized too. After all, if it were so easy to sweet talk your way out of a ticket, then nobody would get tickets!
However, that doesn’t mean that it is impossible. There are ways to convince a police officer to be lenient. There aren’t any magic words which you can just say and get off scot-free, but by displaying certain behaviors, you can convince the police officer that you are an upstanding, law abiding citizen who has made a mistake and perhaps deserves another chance.
Pull over in a way that makes the officer’s job easier
A traffic policeman’s job isn’t easy. If the car he has flagged down pulls over on the other side of the road, and he has to walk his way across the highway to the vehicle in question, he is taking a big risk by navigating his way through traffic moving at highway speeds. Simply pulling way over and parking your car at an angle that can offer the police officer some protection from the oncoming traffic will make the officer appreciate you, and increase the likelihood of him giving you another chance.
Show preparation and readiness
While the officer is on his way towards you, have your license, registration and insurance information ready in your hands. If it’s night time, turn the dome light on. This way, you are showing the officer that you are not completely oblivious to his time and convenience.
If you weren’t doing anything wrong, you wouldn’t have been pulled over! Don’t sass the cop. If you do, you start a confrontation that can only end by paying a hefty fine and getting points on your license. Your insurance agent will love this when you are paying higher insurance rates. So treat the officer with respect using his or her rank and name or calling him/her Officer or Trooper.
By lying about anything you may have been pulled over for, you are essentially calling the officer a liar, incompetent or both. This is something the officer will not appreciate. Of course, you shouldn’t admit guilt right away either. Instead, if for example you have been pulled over because you were speeding, you can say something like “I am not sure how fast I was going but I think I was under the speed limit.”
Don’t try to bribe or flirt your way out of it
By blatantly trying to bribe or flirt your way out of a ticket, you might as well tell the officer that you don’t think he has any principles, and that he can be bought with a few dollars or a flash of skin. This is extremely rude and can possibly make your situation worse. Don’t do it.
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