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9 Ways to Avoid Being Ticketed by a Cop

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By    |   Friday, 27 September 2019 01:07 PM

Breaking the rules on the road is not something to be taken lightly. It puts your life at risk, as well as the lives of the people around you. That said, being ticketed for a misdemeanor can be frustrating and expensive. You cannot always wiggle your way out of a ticket, but you can lower your risk of getting one in the first place. Reader's Digest recently released a report with some tips on how to go under the radar on the roads. Here we look at nine of them:

1. Slow down near schools. Most cops tend to be extra vigilant of traffic in areas like school safety zones or residential neighborhoods. Sticking to the exact speed limit here is a must for safety's sake. The added bonus is that you won't get ticketed.

2. Don't speed in a luxury car. We all want to know what kind of person drives a vehicle like a Bugatti and what the car looks like inside. Even cops. Which is why the chances of you being pulled over are higher.

"If you’re driving a Bugatti even slightly over the speed limit, you might get pulled over just because in addition to getting to write out a speeding ticket, the police officer now has the opportunity to check out your awesome car," said insurance advisor Bradley Hamburger.

3. Don't push the limits in a beater. Driving a beat-up car around the neighborhood automatically attracts the attention of authorities. If you are going over the speed limit or if your car is not completely roadworthy, you have a much higher chance of being ticketed.

4. Be extra careful if you're inexperienced behind the wheel. Cops tend to be far less lenient on younger drivers, Hamburger said. Being harsh is setting them up to become more responsible drivers. It also means that cops are keeping a closer eye on them.

5. Beware the end of the month. We should obey the rules of the road all the time, but you will want to be extra cautious at the end of the month because many jurisdictions are trying to catch up to their monthly quotas.

6. Buckle up. Cops can easily see when you are not wearing your seatbelt and will likely pull you over even if you were not speeding. If you were speeding, expect to get two tickets.

7. Stop means stop. Many drivers are guilty of treating a stop sign as a yield. If you do not come to a full stop at one, you are asking for trouble. Not only is this illegal, but it is also unsafe and will definitely draw the attention of a police officer.

8. Stay informed. You may not know where all the speed traps are, but other drivers do, and they are willing to share that information in smartphone apps like Waze, which alerts you of speed traps.

9. Don't lead, follow. The quickest way to draw attention to yourself is to weave through traffic and whizz past slower vehicles. You may not even be driving that fast, but chances are you could get pulled over. If on the other hand, you are the car that others are flying by, you could get away with driving a bit over the limit.

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You cannot always wiggle your way out of a ticket, but you can lower your risk of getting one in the first place by following some basic guidelines.
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Friday, 27 September 2019 01:07 PM
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