• Aug 14, 2007


An old friend of mine used to have a trick for getting out of tickets. She would flick her long blonde hair back over her shoulder, blink a lot and emphasize the ending of any word that concluded with a long "e" sound. "Sorryyyyyyy," she would say, and the cop's pen would never touch pad. Unfortunately, my bag of tricks is missing a few of those tools, so I've gotten a ticket for every time my car has been motioned to the shoulder.

Perhaps, however, there are strategies to get out of a ticket for those of us who are not blessed with long blond hair and a cute voice. Our brand new sister site, DIY Life, has somewhat of an ex-cop on staff who offers his own How To on getting out of a ticket by being respectful. Yes, respectful. If you've been pulled over, you should suck it up and own your mistake, then go about seeing how the officer's attitude towards you can be improved. Among DIY Life's best pieces of advice is submitting to the cop's authority by having both hands on the wheel before he or she arrives at your window. That gesture alone will make the cop feel much more comfortable approaching the situation, and a comfortable cop that sees you don't intend to be confrontational may be more lenient. There's plenty more good advice available by clicking the Read link below, but let us know in the comments some of your own tips that have proven successful.

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      Suze3
      • 7 Years Ago
      I was pulled and I was given the ticket in spite of being very respectful. The guy acted like a compete jerk towards me. Unfortunately, not all cops are in it for the right reasons. A lot do it just to boost their own ego's. My brother-in-law who is a cop (for the right reasons) for a different town said the guy was a complete jerk. Moral of the story: A couple of yards of blue fabric and a piece of tin do not create honesty, integrity and character where it otherwise does not exist. Still be respectful because that is a reflection on you, but do not bank on that getting you out of a ticket or the cop treating you with respect in return.
      free spirit
      • 7 Years Ago
      What to do if you're black?
      Be a good example, even when they treat you suspiciously, so the cops can know better.
      Because it seems like every black person subscribes to the hood law of "not telling."
      The thugs and their actions in predominately black neighborhoods, and all those who know but stay silent, creates a very un-trusting attitude that, justifiably, could put authority on guard even when a simple confrontation occurs.
      Do your part and don't be influenced by skin color.
      If people will more often not ignore criminal behavior because it's a brother or sister, the world would be better for all.
      It's only one of many things that have to be done, but something each of us can work on.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Trial by jury
      jury nullification

      speeding tickets are about money, not safety.
        Bill Ely
        • 3 Years Ago
        Wrong.....if a speeding ticket was only a ticket and you didn't have to pay a fine or anything would people speed more?????? YES YOU WOULD, oh no big deal no fine just a stupid piece of paper, so you would throw it away and drive off fast again. Theres a thing as rules and consequences. If there were no consequences to the rules there might as well be no rules.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I can proudly say I've only been pulled over three times, and have gotten one ticket that was much less serious than my offense actually warranted. The ticket I did get was for having license plate frames (the dealer ones! they're illegal in NY), but I was doing 70 in a 55. The Trooper was very nice about it, and was clearly glad that I was respectful, cooperative, and polite. The other times I've been pulled over, was the same deal, but again, no tickets. It's that simple!

      Still, this bit of common sense/courtesy is way too easy to overlook, and that's kinda sad.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Turn off the radio, roll down the back windows if they're tinted and you have passengers, and shut the car off with the keys on the dash in plain sight.
      • 7 Years Ago
      just my two cfew minths ago, i just turned 15, didnt have my permit yet tho.

      and i decided to pull off a little sneakysneaky to my gf's house in teh middle of the night. sooo i was on orange ave just 5 minutes away when on come those strobes. i just pulled over in the warehouse parking lot i was passing and pulled down the window. didnt even know im spposed to turn off the engine till i read this, tho i did put the thing in park and pull the handbrake. and he completely let me off and all i showed him was my high school id. thiugh to be honest, i was going about 15 miles under the limit, no traffic, and im sure i lloked scared as hell, seeing how as i was bout to crap my pants anyways. i guess being honestly scared makes them feel sorry..
      • 7 Years Ago
      I forgot to add that when the cop asked me for my license and reg I asked for permission to move my hands and grab my reg in the glove box and take my wallet out. I am sure they are grateful when that's the case most often than not.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Woops I meant "license"
      • 7 Years Ago
      what do you do when your black...
        • 7 Years Ago
        Retsel, What if I'm white and the officer is black?
        • 7 Years Ago
        You guys have no idea... i was pulled over once for speeding... and i was arrested for having suspended license... turns out it was a DMV error and the suspension date was before the date i was born. the court officer ruled that it a wrongful arrest (the officer should have seen this error and that i should have been just given a ticket or told to go sort it out...

        But he was so happy to snag a black guy in a jag on a Sunday afternoon coming from a church picnic...

        Added to that... what about the annoying practice the police has of running you tags when they see the person who is driving the car...

        • 7 Years Ago
        Exactly my thoughts, Braden.

        On both points.
        • 7 Years Ago
        the habit i am talking about is... following a car and running the tags while the person is driving and with out the officer pulling the car over...

        and has no one over seen the studies that show that black drivers get pulled over at a dis-proportionally higher rate that white drivers...
      • 7 Years Ago
      Only time I got off with a warning was when I chirped out from a stop light and got up to 60 in a 35.

      When the cop pulled me over, I told him I was just learning to drive stick and floored it because I was afraid of stalling.... and he bought it!
      • 7 Years Ago
      When I was 17 I was being very stupid, doing about 90 in my dad's car in a 55. Got lit up, pulled over, told the cop I had the runs. He was nice enough to not give me a ticket I would have probably gotten my ass beat for!
      • 7 Years Ago
      It helps to be an old white guy. Like me. I haven't gotten a real ticket in years, but have had experiences, all with warnings. Respectful but firm, like a retired commissioned officer, which I'm not.
      I used to date a young lady who drove a Z28 Camaro. She had some wonderfully engineered undies that showed some curves best viewed from above. One day, she got stopped for doing about 30 over. While the cop was approaching, she undid a couple blouse buttons to help the illusion. This time, it was a rookie woman cop. Result: $300 fine, $125 costs.
      Her nickname was "Hungry Helen." Imagine why.
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