No one plans to get a traffic citation, so most people don't have a speeding ticket excuse ready to go. In fact, the majority of speeders aren't thinking ahead of what they'll say to an officer if they get pulled over. The unfortunate side effect is that they are forced to make it up on the spot, and that rarely works out well. Police officers hear excuses so frequently that whatever comes out of a motorist's mouth sounds tired and worn out.
If you are going to put forth a reason for your ‘lack of respect for the law', it would be wise to avoid the excuses that won't get any traction with the fuzz, and stick to something more original, believable, or endearing. To help out with that, we'll look at some of the most common and worst excuses that you can use. These are what law enforcement officers are hearing day in and day out.
- I was going downhill
"Oh, well, speed limits don't apply on the downward side of hills. " You probably won't get much sympathy here unless your brakes are also out.
- I was passing a truck “If you had to speed to pass a truck, why were passing the truck in the first place?"
- I was late and my wife was waiting for me
It's possible that you get some sympathy here, if you get the right officer, but it's a bit of a crapshoot. In fact, this one could completely backfire on you. The presumption that your wife waiting is more important than the law could really set someone off.
- I'm not familiar with the car because [fill in the blank].
"So you were driving faster to make up for being unfamiliar with the vehicle?" Unfortunately, cars are pretty standard. They just about all have a gas pedal, a brake pedal, and a speedometer, so you probably won't find much sympathy.
- I was keeping up with traffic
There may be some legitimacy here, since many states have laws regarding driving with traffic. Most times though, if you actually got pulled over, it means you were not driving along at a comparable speed to the rest of traffic. It might be worth giving it a shot, but keep in mind that they hear this a lot.
- I wasn't familiar with the road.
"So you were going extra fast to make up for not knowing it?" I just plain wouldn't use this.
- I'm on the way to the hospital.
This might seem like a good idea at first, but you'd better be prepared to have a zealous lawman follow you there and stick around to find out what's wrong with you. Of course, if you actually are on the way to the hospital for something serious, it's probably ok to mention that. . .
- I need to get to XXXXXXX before it closes
It's unlikely that the officer will recognize the urgency of your errand as a reason to break the law. There may be a few cases where it legitimately is that important, but as mentioned previously, be prepared to backup your claim if he calls your bluff.
The best idea is to avoid getting picked up at all, of course. But if you can't keep out of the way of the law, and you feel the need to give a reason for your perpetration, it is recommended that you steer clear of the above. If you absolutely have to offer a speeding ticket excuse, come up with something original.
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