If you get pulled over by a police officer for speeding, keep the encounter on a professional level. Flying off the handle or acting miffed might make a ticket more likely, although those reactions are certainly very human and understandable. Knowing what to do (and what mistakes not to make) in this situation could be highly useful.
Keep one strategy uppermost in mind – putting the officer at ease. If they suddenly feel threatened, the incident could ramp up and become much worse than it needs to for both of you.
Some things to do and not do during a traffic stop for speeding
Sometimes, people are so rattled when they are stopped by an officer for speeding that they react without thinking. Have your wits about you and remain composed.
- Begin by courteously waving hi to the officer. This pleasant, innocent gesture can cut the tension right away.
- It’s a bad idea to eye someone from law enforcement by using your rearview or side mirror. It could make them jumpy.
- Respond to questions by being short and to the point.
- Don’t blurt out something like, “I apologize for going too fast.” A comment such as that could be damaging to you if you do get a ticket and want to challenge it later.
- When asked for your registration or license, say to the officer that you intend to reach into the glove compartment, your purse or wallet for it. That way, they won’t be startled by an abrupt movement.
You want things to go as smoothly as possible and result in the fewest consequences.
What if you get a ticket?
You might want to head to court to challenge it, accompanied by somebody experienced who is familiar with the facts of your case and can speak on your behalf.