3 Speeding Ticket Myths And The Truths Behind Them

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When it comes to escaping a speeding ticket, your best defense is to drive below the speed limit. However, most motorists don't, which lands them in trouble with the law. Nothing ruins your day faster than being pulled over for speeding and being issued a ticket. While most people just prepay their ticket and skip the court date, you can choose to put up a fight.

In order to do this, you need legal help from a lawyer. You will also encounter a confusing maze of traffic codes, so you need to differentiate between myths and facts of getting out of a traffic ticket so as to be successful. Here is a look at traffic ticket myths often accepted as truth.

Driving the posted speed limit won't get you a traffic ticket

This is understandably confusing for many motorists, but it is actually a myth. The posted speed limit represents the maximum speed you can drive at legally when road conditions are ideal.

This means that when road conditions are bad, such as during a storm or when roads are covered with ice or slush, driving the posted speed limit could be dangerous, and could land you in trouble. The best way around this is to avoid reaching the exact speed limit posted.

A similar myth is that a cop can't ticket you for just driving a few miles over the legal speed limit. The truth is that traffic codes offer no range above the speed limit that is legal to drive.

Don't sign the traffic ticket!

Most motorists believe that signing a ticket is an admission of guilt, and if they refuse to sign it, they can later claim that they did not receive it. In other cases, motorists believe that if the traffic cop forgets to have them sign their ticket, then they're off the hook. 

This is bad advice, as a ticket will be valid even without your signature, which serves as a mere promise that you will show up in court on the specified date. Instead of escalating the hostility of the encounter by giving the cop a hard time, just sign the ticket and call a lawyer to help you contest the charges later in traffic court.

Going with the flow of traffic is a valid excuse for speeding

Many motorists believe that claiming that they were just following the flow of traffic will get them out of a speeding ticket. Traffic court judges hear this numerous times, and it never gets anyone off the hook. This excuse is an admission of guilt, and every motorist is responsible for their own actions on the road. (For more information, contact Todd East Attorney at Law or another attorney)


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