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How to Get Out of a Speeding Ticket

Jeevan Sivasubramaniam Posted by Jeevan Sivasubramaniam, Managing Director, Editorial, Berrett-Koehler Publishers Inc.

How to Get Out of a Speeding Ticket


A speeding ticket is challenge to get out of but the key is not to dispute the charge as much as tax the officer's patience and time. Officers are given a lot of leeway in issuing such tickets and so don't always have to do so--which means they can let you off with a warning if they feel so inclined.

If you are pulled over, just inform the officer (employing a pleading yet impatient tone) that you are sorry for speeding but that you desperately and urgently need to use a bathroom. Tell him or her that you know you were speeding but that you would appreciate it if he or she could please follow you to the nearest gas station where you could relieve yourself first and then deal with the ticket. It is important to stress the urgency of your situation. You see, the officer cannot instruct you to step out of your car and "go" outside because that is actually against the law. The officer then has two options: either to let you go with a quick warning or to follow you all the way to a gas station and then wait around while you use the facilities. If you were an officer and had the choice of doing either, which would you choose?


Chris Westphal

One winter years ago, I'd taken my family, and 3-year-old daughter, to Tahoe for the weekend. Kelsey began to have trouble breathing--a pre-asthmatic condition--and we decided it was best to return to the Bay Area, mostly because we believed she would be more comfortable at a lower elevation.  However, her condition worsened with every mile. Passing Sacramento, I was pulled over. I confess: I was speeding. But I was in that hyper-aware state one attains in situations of danger. And I wasn't weaving recklessly in and out of the lanes; but keeping a brisk pace with the fastest cars. The CHP officer came to the window. I explained the dire situation, looked into the back seat to see my little girl struggling for breath. One would think he would, a) put on his siren and escort us to the nearest hospital, or, b) let us go on our way. But he chose c) give us a ticket. Back in the Bay area, we found a pediatrician (it was a Sunday), who was so alarmed that she immediately called an ambulance, and Kelsey was admitted to Children's Hospital for three days. But next time I'll just tell the cop I need to pee. Which usually is true.  


January 14, 2016

Jeevan Sivasubramaniam
Jeevan Sivasubramaniam

Chris--I am so sorry to hear this. But I have heard similar stories. The more elaborate-seeming your excuse, the less the officers believe you. 

July 28, 2016