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Tips on Avoiding Traffic Tickets

16 Oct Blog | Comments

The best practice in avoiding traffic tickets is obeying the laws when driving. Rules of the road can vary from location to location, state to state, and interstate to neighborhood environments, so being wary of any region’s applicable laws will go a long way in promoting safe, legal driving. In addition to these obvious precautions, however, there are other tips on avoiding a traffic ticket. Law enforcement personnel are effective in trapping and concealing their intentions, so preparedness will help in the event of a surprise stop.

When pulled over it is imperative to have license and registration readily available. Avoiding a traffic ticket becomes more difficult if the officer recognizes an extensive search for this required legal paperwork. Additionally, maintaining a clean car interior and exterior will reduce the chances of being pulled over while driving. The appearance of a vehicle can be further hindered by a large number of passengers or cargo. All weight in or on a vehicle must be cleanly secured and within the vehicle’s recommended cargo limit.

Drivers looking to avoid traffic tickets should always be aware of their surroundings, making regular checks to each of the side and rear view mirrors. Officers regularly conceal their position by parking behind obstructed views or on exit ramps in line with the flow of traffic. Recognizing a marked car occasionally gives the driver opportunity to slow down or signal when applicable. Seatbelts should always be worn to prevent added attention to any otherwise unnoticed infractions.

All headlights and tail lights on a vehicle must be working properly to avoid a citation. If any of these is broken, it is advised to refrain from night driving to avoid traffic tickets. One added point of reference for targeting unlawful driving is the license plate. Drivers should always keep the license plate and its surrounding area clean of debris and obstructions. Make sure that the registration sticker on the license plate is always current, and do not cover the plate with a tinted accessory. Tinted windows also attract the attention of police. If windows are being tinted, it is the driver’s responsibility to ensure they are done within the legal limits.

In the event of a stop, a driver’s behavior can further determine whether they are cited or warned. Grammar, manners and cooperative behavior all go a long way in establishing a positive communication with any arresting officer. By behaving in a courteous, agreeable manner, drivers provide law enforcement an opportunity to educate and advise rather than penalize. Open the driver’s side window completely to avoid suspicion of aromas from intoxication. Making eye contact with an officer while maintaining an apologetic demeanor is beneficial in most cases. Do not remove the seatbelt when pulled over, as the officer may not yet have determined whether it was present during any additional infraction.


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