Although there are lots of ways to fight your speeding ticket with OTT Legal, the best way is to not get the ticket in the first place.
Our top ten ways to avoid a speeding ticket.
Yes, it’s obvious but if you set in your mind a mental picture to follow the speed limit, you may avoid receiving the ticket in the first place.
Police officers rarely issue tickets for speeding near the speed limit. For example, if you drive within 10km/h of the speed limit, it’s unlikely that you will be stopped for speeding.
Be aware of the speed limit. If you don’t see a sign , within the city the speed limit is always 50 km/h and in the country it’s 80km/h.
Avoid being the lead or first vehicle
The police target the traffic coming towards them.
If you’re the first car and you’re speeding, you may be the person that’s going to get stopped first.
If you know you’re speeding, try to get another faster car in front of you, so that they get stopped not you.
Stay out of the passing lane
Many times the police target the passing lane because that’s where the faster vehicles are driving.
Try to stay in the curb lane as much as possible. If you’re on the highway many times the police just target the fast lane, because its dangerous for them to go across lanes trying to get you stopped.
Look far ahead when driving
Sometimes, if you look down the road, you can see the police car before the officer can target you with the radar gun.
Typically the police are targeting vehicles around the 300 metre mark. If you see a police vehicle on the roadway slow down well before you reach it.
Slow down going over or down hills
The police like hills, because you have to either push on the gas going up the hill or the vehicle naturally accelerates going down. Also, you can’t always see a police vehicle stopped behind a hill, slow down at hills.
Watch the Ramps onto highways
While traveling on the highways, watch as you come up to ramps. The police like to sit on the ramps because it can give them a higher elevation to look down onto the highway and it’s a safe spot to sit. The down side for the officer is that most of the time the radar or laser can only look forward or ahead of the police car. You have to pass the police car or ramp before the officer can target your vehicle.
As you drive down the highway watch the ramps for police vehicles and you should be able to slow down before the officer can catch you speeding.
Use your cruise control
If you set the cruise control at or near the limit you avoid going over the speed limit inadvertently.
Keep your speed within 15km/h of the speed limit
Although not always the case most police officers set a buffer of about 15 to 20 as an acceptable amount over the speed limit. After going past this you leave yourself open to being caught and given a speeding ticket.
Once your stopped for speeding, if you can get out and speak with the officer.
The more you talk to the officer and explain what happened or if you have an excuse or story to tell, the higher the chance that the officer will let you off with a warning. If you say nothing then for sure you will receive the ticket.
If you do talk to the officer, be polite and acknowledge that you were speeding.
You will gain nothing by being rude or disrespectful to the officer. Sometimes if you are polite and admit where you went wrong the police officer will give a warning rather than a speeding ticket.
The officer never has to issue the ticket, whether or not to ticket a driver is always within the officer’s discretion.