We live in a hectic world. Our daily lives are packed full of work, family, and social obligations. We are in a seemingly never ending cycle of running against time; rushing to and from work, or hurrying from this appointment to that. It seems inevitable that in our daily rush against the clock, we are tempted to put the “peddle to the metal”. Of course, in our attempt to make up time with a lead foot, we run the risk of not just an expensive speeding ticket, but also the wasted time of being pulled over.
Within the following paragraphs, we’ve listed a few tips for avoiding speeding tickets as well as attempt to dispel some common myths surrounding speeding tickets.
Know Where Speed Traps Occur
It is often difficult to predict where and when you could possibly be pulled over for speeding. It is always possible to happen when you least expect it. However, there are a few national trends that tend to give some indication as to where you are most likely to find a speed trap.
- One of the most common speed traps are areas in which there is a significant speed limit reduction.
- Police Officers will often place themselves just past highway exists, where speed limits typically drop by 15-20 mph, in order to catch those who have not decelerated in time to account for the new speed limit.
Know When Speed Traps Occur
Ticket data released by various states indicates some telling trends as to when you are more likely to receive a speeding ticket.
- Data suggests that, in any given month, you are most likely to be pulled over for speeding toward the end of the month.
- In most states, the most tickets issued in any month tends to be within the last 7 days of the month.
- In terms of annual trends, you are most likely to receive a speeding ticket during the warmer months.
- July and August tend to be the month in which the most speeding tickets are issued, while January and February tend to be the months in which the fewest tickets are issued.
- Regardless of season, during national holidays you tend to see a spike in the issuance of speeding citations. This increase in speeding stops tends to result from a greater number of officers patrolling holidays in order to prevent intoxicated driving.
What Happens if You Receive a Speeding Ticket
There are several myths regarding speeding tickets that would be helpful to dispel if you find yourself in the unfortunate position of being on the receiving end.
It is commonly believed that if you sign your speeding, you are admitting guilt. This is not the case.
- You will have your day in court in order to state your plea.
- Signing your ticket during a traffic stop is merely a way to confirm that you have received the citation.
It is also widely believed that tickets do not transfer from state to state.
- So, for example, if you live in New Jersey and have a Pennsylvania driver’s license, then you can simply disregard a speeding ticket received in New Jersey.
- Unfortunately, this is not the case.
- Every state has some way of communicating their issued citations with each other.
However, not signing or ticket or disregarding an out of state citation will undoubtedly cause more significant repercussions down the line.
Know Your Rights
It is important to understand that even though you have been pulled over for speeding, the police officer does not have absolute power over you. An officer can not remove you from your vehicle or search your car merely because you are suspected of speeding. If you are pulled over for speeding, it is a good idea to consult an experienced attorney who can represent your case in the court of law and help your citation get dismissed.
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