How to get out of a speeding ticket: Cassie Style
Let’s be honest, even the best of you little church-going folk have had 4-letter words flash through your mind when this happens to you. Like “Holy flip!” or something like that, right? I thought so. As one who has found myself in this situation on more times than I can count on one hand…or two…possibly four…okay, yeah, pretty darn close to four hands, I consider myself an expert on the matter. In fact, I even wrote a paper on this in a Persuasion class in college; I aced it….though I’m not sure that I should brag about that considering why I aced it.
First of all you should know that there is a street in my hometown that is pretty much the fastest route to everywhere (Mutton Hollow for all my K-town friends), except for that pesky little thing called a speed limit, which is 25, thus making it ridiculously slow. I genuinely don’t know a soul who drives down that road that slow except for bikers, and maybe not even them! So one Sunday afternoon as I was cruising down this street at a breezy 50 miles an hour (only double the speed limit, no big deal) I found myself looking directly into the red lights of a scanner, which held at the end of it, a not-so-pleased man in blue. I actually pulled over before he could even tell me to. Now at this point, I should mention that I drove a pretty sweet car; a 1992 green Geo Metro! It was kind of awesome; basically a glorified tin can on wheels. I always meant to install a convertible top, but I didn’t own a can opener at the time.
The cop walked over to me and said, “Do you know what the speed limit is on this road?”
I answered, “Yes. It’s 25. I’ve lived off it my whole life.”
The cop then followed with, “Do you care to take a guess at how fast you were going when I clocked you?”
So, I opted for the ridiculous and said completely deadpan, “100?”
The cop looked my little tin can up and down and with a rather confused look on his face said, “Can this car go 100 miles an hour??”
To which replied without missing a beat, “Not even falling off a cliff!!”
He began to laugh…and I mean REALLY laugh! Like, I was scared of what was going to happen, but then after he had a minute to calm down he said, “I shouldn’t be doing this, but it’s been a REALLY LONG day and I needed that, but also, I’ve pulled over nearly 30 people this afternoon, and not one of them could tell me the speed limit on this road, and when I got their licenses I could see that almost everyone of them lived on or very near this road. So, you better get out of here before I change my mind.”
And that was that!
I could pepper you with many more funny anecdotes of me getting pulled over in that car, but suffice to say, it saved my little hiney more than a few times…and then I learned a few tricks along the way. (also, I interviewed the Ogden Chief of Police for my college paper on the matter, so they’re legit.)
How to get out of a speeding ticket: Gangnam Style, no wait, I mean, normal people style.
There are 3 steps, and you must follow ALL of them; hopefully it works as well for you as it has for me (in fact, TWICE in the last 2 weeks!! Oops!)
- Get your head right.
Turn off your righteous indignation and anger, and for the love, turn off the urge to cry! 9 times out of 10 it will NOT help you and they’ll see it as manipulative…but maybe if you’re a man it will shock the officer enough to feel charitable; let me know how that works for you!
2. Place your hands at 10 and 2 on your steering wheel, turn on your interior lights and take off any hats and/or sunglasses.
You want to put the officer completely at ease. NEVER get out of your car. Just remember, this person is just trying to do their job and they deal with enough crap already, so take any unnecessary tension out of the equation. Make sure everything is ready to go before he gets up to your window and just be polite and do what the nice man with a big gun says. Save your pleas until after the basics are through.
3. Be honest, apologize, and be self degrading.
Here’s my own example from last week (hence, the photo at the top), mind you, I was going 20 over, and I drove off with nothing more than a verbal warning;
“Officer, I’m really sorry. I knew better than to pass that suburban. Ugh, that was so stupid of me.”
First of all, even when you think you’re giving a great excuse, everyone knows it’s still just an excuse. True or not, we’re all just rolling our eyes waiting for you to get done telling it, however dramatically. Plus, if you just admit you’re wrong, it’s likely to give the officer a breath of fresh air. Second, cops generally just want you to stop the behavior. Believe it or not, they want the roads to be a little safer so they can get home a little earlier. So reassuring them that you do know better conveys that you’re generally a good person who doesn’t behave this way often (even if you do). And third, it’s somehow in our nature to want to stop you from being so self-critical and give you a pat on the back. I don’t know why. That’s why it’s almost impossible not to tell your size zero friend how skinny she is when she cries about being fat, even though you’d rather punch her in the boob for fishing for that compliment in the first place.
And there you have it, my VERY tried and true method for getting out of a speeding ticket. I hope you don’t have to use it, but when the words, “Holy flip” are running through your head as you see the flashing blue lights of death in your rear view mirror, give this a try!
Good luck my friends.
Hello! I am Camille, a wife, mother of four, Disney obsessed, certified teacher, and reality optimist. Motherhood comes with its ups and downs, and I hope while you’re here you’ll find something that makes your #momlife easier!
That was awesome! One I tried recently was quoting the law to the cop. I mighta run a slightly pink light, but it was close. So when the cop pulled me over I said, “so te statute says it’s illegal to enter an intersection when facing a solid red light…” I could see his eyes glaze over. I’m sure the defense attorney sticker in my window helped. He didn’t even take my info back to his car… 😉
Awesome! As the wife of a cop I can tell you this really WILL help you out. My poor overworked husband gets SO IRRITATED with the criers, and the angry belligerent arguers are going to get a ticket ALWAYS. LIke, NO exceptions. The truth is, officers deal with crap all day- I mean SERIOUS CRAP. And most people are unable to take responsibility for their actions. They pretend they didn’t know the speed limit, or give excuses like babies crying, etc. Be honest, admit your mistake and you will feel better- and the cop will too! It’s a great tactic Cassie. Seriously. I mean, you MAY still get a ticket, but at least you will know you got that ticket in style, without sacrificing your self respect.
Lucky stinking dog! I’ve had one speeding ticket in my life– guess which road it was on?! 🙂
Have you ever had a ticket or are you perfect so far? I actually have just the opposite record. Been pulled over more than 15 times and got a ticket every time!
Oh no Caroline! That’s the worst! I do not have a perfect record by any means. I actually have gotten ticketed 3 times. One time I burst into tears (but it was after a VERY long week), but clearly that didn’t help me at all. But I think I have been pulled over at least 13-15 times! Ugh! I get so much anxiety every time I pass a cop!! I’m sure it’s so much worse for you! By chance do you drive a black or red car? I do know for a fact that those vehicles are targeted.
Cassia you are such a lucky gal! Only 3 tickets with being pulled over that many times. I wish I had your charm lol. I do drive a black Acura and have felt I get targeted, but let’s be honest, every ticket I have received is my own fault since I knowingly drive faster than I should. I usually just hope for the best and take my punishment when I do get busted. When was your last ticket Cassia?
Caroline!! Agh, sorry, I saw your name, but then I had just looked at Sheryl’s comment. My bad. You know, I honestly can’t remember when it was I got my last ticket?? But I can absolutely remember the last few times I got pulled over!! Haha When me and the hubs were first married, we had a black Audi and I got pulled over for EVERYTHING! For 5 over the limit, for too dark of tint (multiple times for that despite the obvious fact that it was well within the legal limit), broken tail lights (that were not in fact broken at all), and once for changing lanes without signaling. Then I laughed when I interviewed the chief of police about this and he told me that black and red cars were targets!! I’ve not had nearly as much trouble since I switched to a missile SUV…guess they don’t target mom cars. Lol