Statistics show men receive more traffic tickets than women, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that women aren’t pulled over just as much. Everyone knows that women can cry their way out of a ticket, but what is a man to do? Avoid the embarrassment and try some of these options to help get yourself off the hook:
1) Be prepared. As soon as you are pulled over turn off your engine, lower your driver’s side window and place your hands on the steering wheel. Do not rummage around for your documents until the officer asks for them because he may mistake the motion as you trying to hide something.
2) Fess up. The best way to avoid a ticket is to take responsibility. Drivers lie and make excuses all the time so it is a relief to see a driver taking responsibility.
“Cops deal with people from all walks of life, from every strata of society, every single day,” says Pomper. “They’re not easily fooled or manipulated. If you’re simply saying what you think the cop wants to hear, he or she will probably detect it. That’s why, as they say, honesty is the best policy.” Drivers lie to cops or try to make excuses so often, it’s a relief to hear honesty and see a driver taking responsibility, says Pomper.
3) Be polite. Do not act angry that you’ve been caught, but rather kill ‘em with kindness. If you’re polite, and take responsibility for what you did, the officer may cite you for a lesser violation.
4) Name drop. It feels shameless, but go for it. Another option is if you have a police benevolent association, or PBA, card, you should hand it over with your paperwork.
5) Ask for a warning. Request a warning rather than begging to be let off. Asking for a warning makes you sound more remorseful.
6) Road side plea. Almost everyone asks to be let go. Be different. Suggest a lower speed. Officers sometimes reduce the charge to a lesser speed, especially if you mention you will not fight the ticket if he reduces it now. You could also try some negotiating tips that work just as well on the police as they do in a client meeting.
This is not to say you can or should be able to get out of every ticket that comes your way, but there is no shame in trying. Happy driving.