They say that death and taxes are the only inevitabilities in life, but drive long enough and you can probably add a speeding ticket to that list. There is a sinking feeling that comes with being pulled over by the police for speeding, simply because you know that you are about to be seriously out of pocket once said ticket is handed over.
We all find ways to justify the fact that we are speeding, but we cannot deny that what we are doing is against the law. Some folks are lucky enough to avoid a speeding ticket for years, and if you count yourself in that group, then there may be something that you can do when those red and blue lights finally show up in your rearview mirror.
When a police officer pulls someone over for speeding, once of the first things they will do is input that person’s ID into their computer. There is a laundry list of reasons why the police do this, with one of them being that they will check to see how many times the person driving has been flagged for speeding offenses in the past. The information revealed on the computer may well be what makes the officer decide to write a ticket or issue a warning.
If you weren’t too far over the speed limit and you have never had a ticket in the past, the police officer may end up showing leniency. Oftentimes, a verbal warning is enough to make a driver think about what he is doing the next time he considers speeding. Contrary to popular belief, police officers are not out on the road with the sole intention of racking up as many tickets as possible. They are often more than happy to issue nothing more than a warning if your past driving history indicates that you have been a conscientious driver behind the wheel.
How you handle the situation when pulled over is another factor that can come into play. If you get angry or cop an attitude, you may well talk yourself into a ticket that would otherwise have been avoided. The officer on the scene may feel as though you don’t fully comprehend the seriousness of the situation if you have an attitude, and that could very well end up with you receiving a hefty fine, with the belief being that you will get the message when you need to part with your hard-earned cash. What this means is that you need to remain calm and respectful when dealing with the officer who pulls you over. You do not need to admit to speeding, but you do need to show that you are aware of the seriousness of speeding, as well as the impact that it can have on not just you, but also all the other drivers that you share the road with.
The first thing that you need to do when the police officer appears at your window is remain calm and listen to what they are saying. The laws dictate that you should get a ticket, but the officer may also use their discretion and give you a warning instead. They will be a lot more inclined to do so if you show respect and make it clear that you have taken that warning to heart.