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HOW TO AVOID SPEEDING TICKETS

It’s inevitable that you’ll be pulled over for speeding and ticketed at least a few times in your life. After all, that’s why I developed this system!

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After getting pulled over a couple times, however, you can start to get sick of it. Even though my system can get your case dismissed with ease, it’s still a huge hassle to have to report to the courthouse, wait for your name to be called from the docket (which can be hours and hours) and miss valuable work or family time. In my experience, the best way to never pay a speeding ticket again is to never get pulled over in the first place. It’s something that I trained myself to do after my first four or five tickets, and I’ve only had one since.

The most obvious way to prevent being pulled over is not to speed. If you follow the speed limit exactly, then you’ll never get a ticket! Simple!

But let’s be realistic. You aren’t reading this book because you intend to never speed again in your life. Speed limits are often a conservative estimate of the speed that will cause the least accidents and injuries, and they have to be. It’s the best way to keep everyone safe, especially during hours where the streets are busy and cars can enter from any direction.

I’ve got some good news. As part of my definitive work on how to stop paying speeding fines, I’ve included some easy tips in this chapter to avoid the police and speed traps when it’s absolutely necessary that you put on the gas. After all, our lives are filled with emergencies and reasons to rush, and sometimes it’s just the only way. Following these tips will make you a “careful speeder”, insuring that you aren’t driving dangerously or making yourself vulnerable to radar attention.

What is Speeding?

You may think this question to have a very obvious answer: speeding is driving faster than the speed limit, right? Not necessarily.

The rules are different depending on where you are, but one rule of thumb is that police officers generally won’t pull you over unless you are driving 7-10 MPH over the speed limit.

Do some simple internet research to determine how strict your area is on enforcing speeding laws. Another handy principle to observe is that nicer, more upscale neighborhoods will often have stricter enforcement.

If you’re driving ten to fifteen MPH over the speed limit, then it depends on where you are

and when you’re driving. If it’s the middle of the day and you’re in residential neighborhood with a speed trap, then you’re going to get pulled over and ticketed. If you’re driving

on back-roads or on an interstate, then you are much less likely to be pulled over. This is especially true if you avoid speed traps, as cars driving at these speeds aren’t easy to identify as speeders by just looking at them.  If you’re driving more than fifteen MPH over the speed limit, then you’re really asking for it.

I don’t recommend that you do this except in the most extreme of emergencies. The ticket cost will be expensive, and you will have a hard time arguing your way out of receiving a ticket.

If you’re driving twenty five MPH or more over the speed limit, then you’re going to be caught by any officer within three miles. This can put you in danger of a serious speeding charge that can result in the immediate suspension of you license. You should never be so blatantly disrespectful of the posted number.

The Pros & Cons of Radar Detectors

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The Pros and Cons

Many people who often find themselves in a rush invest in radar detection equipment. This technology sends out a signal beam of its own that detects the presence of police radar activity.

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The upside of this device is somewhat obvious. Because these can usually detect radar from one to three miles away, you can simply adjust your speed when it goes off and wait until the coast is clear once again.

The more advanced devices will inform you as to how close the radar is to your location, by displaying a number or beeping more faintly or loudly, so it will be difficult for them to catch you off your guard.

There are a few drawbacks to this system. First of all, these can be somewhat expensive, and cost a few hundred dollars each (about the price of a single ticket, so many argue that it pays for itself.)

Secondly, in the case that you are still pulled over for speeding, these devices are very difficult to hide, and the officer will notice that you are in possession of one. In my experience, this will automatically lead to the highest degree of ticket possible because he will assume that you are a belligerent speed-hound.

A simple internet search will inform you of all that you need to know regarding the range of prices, size, and installation of these devices. I’m not here to promote any specific model, but I will say that what you pay for is often what you get when you’re dealing with this technology, so be ready to make an investment if you’re serious about avoiding radar.

Read the Road

Police and highway patrolmen try to disguise their location as best as they can in order to meet that quota. Even though they usually do a pretty sneaky job, they change the pattern of traffic in such a way that you can guess where they’re hiding.

After a few weeks of simply paying greater attention, I gained the ability to spot probable hiding places and alter my speed accordingly, and you can too. All you need to do is train yourself to pay closer attention to the following items and you’ll drastically cut down the number of tickets you could get.

1. Pay Attention to Other Drivers:

Study the road ahead of you. Do you see a bunch of brake lights, or have the other drivers slowed down for no apparent reason?

If so, then there’s a good chance that they’ve spotted the cops and are trying to slow down.

Instead of hitting the brakes after he’s spotted you, watch the road for signs that other people are spotting him and reduce your speed before you get into his radar range.

2. Watch for Friendly Signals:

Look at the cars travelling in the other direction.  Are any of them flashing their lights (usually two or three times) or their brights (if it’s already dark and their lights are on)? This is a universal signal for “cop ahead, watch your speed.” Heed their warnings, as they’ve probably seen a cop parked in the median or off the side of the road and are telling you what’s to come.

3. Guess their Hiding Spots:

Ask yourself this question: if you were a police officer and you needed to start racking up numbers, where would you hide your vehicle?

Sharp and sudden curves, breaks in the forestry, and areas that provide cover that disguises them are the most common places.

If you learn to pay attention to the road, then you greatly reduce your chances of zipping right on by his speed trap and seeing the red and blue lights in your rearview.

4. Study the Median:

On interstates and highways, police officers will often simply park their cars on the median that separates the two directions. They do this for two reasons: so they can monitor both sides of the road, and because they know that most people don’t look at the median when they’re driving. If you need to get somewhere fast, don’t lose sight of the median. Check it every time there’s a curve in the road to make sure that there aren’t any cops lying in wait.

5. Use a Decoy:

If there’s someone in front of you that is really zooming along, then it’s easy to get away with driving at an elevated speed.

Simply ensure that you aren’t driving any faster than the other car is. If you both enter a speed trap, the cop will tag your decoy and let you go by untouched!

This method is most effective when you’re behind a large commercial truck (which tend to confuse radars) or a sports car (especially a red one, these are the most ticketed cars on the road.)

Train yourself to study the behavior of other drivers and use it to your advantage by driving in close proximity to someone who’s really asking for

6. Know your Area:

Usually, cities are too large and there are just too many roads for officers to effectively catch everyone who speeds.

This is why we speed: because we know that the odds are in our favor that we won’t get caught.

The simple fear of getting a ticket is often enough to dissuade people from driving too fast, even if there isn’t a patrol car for many miles.

In order to instill this fear, law enforcement officials will often select a few busy streets and a few speeding-prone intersections and set up speed traps there.

If you’ve lived in the same area for a long period of time, you should start to notice which streets the cops patrol and which ones they neglect. If you monitor your speed on the streets where you know you’re at risk, then you greatly reduce your chances of being ticketed.

7. Know the Schedule:

While there are always police officers on duty, there are substantially less of them at night or early in the morning. They’ll still try to catch you, but their range will be that much more limited. If you must speed, try to do it in the hours when you know your risk of encountering a law enforcement unit is lower. You’ll find that you’re able to speed in more areas during these hours, and that many of the streets that are frequently patrolled in the daytime are completely neglected at night. Just be sure to be careful, as the darkness makes it harder to see impending obstacles and increase your risk of getting into a dangerous

If you’re Pulled Over

Even if you implement all of my methods, there will still be times when you’ll get caught.

While it’s certainly possible to talk an officer out of giving you a ticket, it isn’t very likely.

Most cops already decide whether or not to issue a citation by the time they’ve looked up your record.

However, there are a few things that you can do to increase the likelihood that they’ll let you off easy.

Be Polite: Don’t act surprised or incredulous that you got pulled over. Instead, treat the officer with kindness and respect. Do not, do not admit to speeding or going a certain MPH. Just apologize without saying anything that can be used against you in court as evidence of speeding  (I’ll discuss why a little later in the book.)

Be Patient:

Don’t cut him off or rush him if he’s in the mood to give you a lecture. Let him say his piece, and act attentive the entire time. Respond to pauses in his speech with small acknowledgements (“yes sir” or “I understand, sir”) and don’t seem fake or overly friendly (as they’ll think you’re trying to get away) and you may just come away with a warning.

Don’t Exceed Fifteen MPH Over the Speed Limit:

If you’re caught driving at ludicrous speeds, then no amount of smooth-talk is going to save you. You’re going to get a ticket.

Turn on the Dome Light:

Officers are more likely to dish out punishment if they aren’t totally relaxed. Remember, every time an officer pulls someone over, they have to be fully aware of their situation, as any minor traffic stop could result in a potentially dangerous situation. Let them know that you aren’t hiding anything by turning on your dome light, and don’t reach for anything unless they specifically direct you to do so (for all they know, you could be reaching for a weapon.) If they realize that they’re in no danger, then they will be less uptight and more open-minded to the possibility of letting you slide.

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Don’t Make Excuses (Unless they’re true):

Unless you’ve actually got an emergency situation worth addressing, don’t bother trying to make up a story. Police are pretty good at recognizing liars, and they’ve literally heard every excuse in the book. They won’t work, and they’ll be offended that you think they’re stupid.

If you incorporate my tips into your driving routine, you will learn to see the road differently, and you’ll wake up one morning to discover that you haven’t been ticketed in years. If you’re unlucky and you still get cited, or you already have a citation and want to know how to avoid paying for it, then read on to the next chapter.

Why Does My System Work?

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WHY DOES MY SYSTEM WORK?

It may seem incredible or absurd to you that there’s an easy system that enables you to beat speeding tickets, even if you were actually guilty.

“How is it that this system exists?

How come I haven’t heard of it?

Why don’t more people use it?” you may ask yourself.

The reason this system works, and the reason people don’t know about it, relates to the nature of our legal system, which I will explain below.

The Systemic Glut of Courts Our court system is based on innocence until further proof of guilt.

This credo is in our very Constitution and cannot be broken in any way by the court system.  However, with traffic violations, this is a bit of a myth.

While it is true that this standard should be upheld when addressing more serious crimes, traffic offenders are usually automatically assumed to be guilty because of the nature of the offense.

After all, the officer didn’t know what you looked like or who you were before he pulled you over; the Court (the judge, the final authority on the law) will assume that you were stopped because the arresting officer noticed a traffic violation. (Note: even traffic citations are considered “arrests.”)

In order to gain a conviction (a “guilty” verdict), the prosecution must present evidence that suggests that you are guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. In layman’s terms, if the evidence suggests that you are most likely guilty, then you will be found so.

It is the prosecution’s job to present evidence that casts you in this light, and build a case based on that evidence. Because the judge, police officer, and prosecutor all assume that you  are guilty and that you will not spend money hiring a lawyer, they will often not even bother building a sound case against you.

This assumption causes the Court and the Prosecution to act in certain ways that they would not normally act, and is the very core of my system. Consider your average city. On any given day, there may be hundreds and hundreds of traffic-related offenses.

Because of the rules that govern our judicial system, even the smallest offense must be given a day in court. Therefore, if hundreds of offenses must be scheduled per day, then we’re looking at thousands or tens of thousands of cases per month.

Each of these cases costs money, takes up time, and consumes valuable resources. This is the central idea behind my system: The court doesn’t have the resources to properly prepare a case against every traffic violation!

It would be IMPOSSIBLE. It just isn’t worth the time and money to fully present all of the proper evidence against your case.

Why do they get away with this? Because people don’t challenge it.

This system is constructed in such a way that it encourages people to blindly put a check in the mail or plead guilty to the charges and pay up. In fact, the court assumes that you are going to do this.

The overwhelming majority of people stopped for traffic offenses plead nolo contendre or not guilty, and the court does not have to get its hands dirty proving you guilty.

In this way, the court is able to process the swarm of ticket cases that enter its docket every month. These cases are scheduled in bulk and decided on within mere minutes because nobody tries to object to anything that is said.

The system depends on you heading in to trial and accepting your fine without fully understanding what’s going on. The judge and the prosecutor expect to handle each case, without contest, within a matter of minutes or even seconds. It’s like a factory.

What this means is that the prosecution doesn’t bother doing their homework! They’ll assume you don’t know what you’re talking about. This isn’t you!

You need your money and can’t afford an insurance rate hike, so you’re going to protect your dollars at every possible opportunity. If the prosecution gets lazy and doesn’t bring all of the necessary evidence to get a conviction, then you aren’t going to let them sweep you under the rug.

You are going to get your case dismissed. The Principles of Speeding Evidence If you’ve been caught speeding, chances are that the arresting officer logged your speed either through his or her own speedometer or through the use of a radar gun system.

While both systems are likely to be accurate, it can be difficult to fully prove that these systems work on a case-by-case basis, within a court of law, beyond a reasonable doubt.

When you go to court, it is the job of the prosecution to present evidence against you. Their evidence will come in two forms: the arresting officer’s testimony, and the technology (speedometer or radar gun) he used to clock you.

The prosecution assumes, if they put an officer that is trained with the equipment on the stand, that this is sufficient evidence to remove all reasonable doubt that you were driving X miles per hour (it’s important to note that you aren’t charged with simply exceeding the speed limit; you are charged with driving a specific MPH above the speed limit, which is quite important.)

Judicial Notice is the concept that the court recognizes that certain things are true and do not need to be constantly re-proven.

The accuracy of radar guns and speedometers has received judicial notice, which means that the court assumes that these tools are accurate AS LONG AS:

It was operated by an individual with training on the device

The device is in good condition

The device is properly tested The calibration device used to test the device was in equally good condition. This is where you will strike.

My system will show you how to punch a hole in one of these conditions, which makes the use of their device no longer count as admissible evidence.

If you throw out their ability to prove that you were guilty through the use of such a device, then they will have absolutely no evidence against you, and your case will be sent packing. You’d figure that the prosecution would be able to prove all of these things, right?

After all, they use this equipment to catch people speeding every single day! Well, because they assume that you will be unprepared, they usually don’t bother bringing all of the requisite proof because it’s too time-consuming or too expensive to do this for every case.

This is why my system works:

You will ask the prosecution to produce evidence of the fact that the equipment has been properly tested. When they are unable to produce the documentation, their case will collapse and you will have beaten your ticket.

There’s nothing they can do! Imagine how much work and effort maintaining accurate testing records for every single radar gun would be!

They’re supposed to do it, but it would be a waste, because they usually don’t need it. I’ll show you exactly what to do and say and walk you through the process step-by-step in the following chapter. So you’ve got a ticket and you don’t want to pay it.

You aren’t a dangerous driver or a criminal, and you can’t afford to have your insurance hiked or to get any points on your license. You don’t want spend money on a ticket lawyer, and your perfectly good excuse for speeding simply won’t work in court.

What do you do? In this chapter, I’ll cover my step-by-step method of beating your case. While I can’t promise that it works every time, the odds are overwhelmingly in your favor because the prosecution rarely brings the documents that would provide the foundation of their evidence.

This method can be nerve-wracking for people who have never been in court before, and requires you to carefully side-step common tricks and traps that the district attorney will throw at you, but if you remain strong and stick to the system, you will probably beat the speeding ticket. It’s that simple.

I’ve beaten well over five tickets with this method myself, and have shared my system with countless others.

All of these people managed to get their cases dismissed without paying out of their noses for fines. I guarantee that the system works.

You need to carefully follow every step in order to maximize your effectiveness and increase your chances of walking out of the courtroom with a smile on your face, so feel free to print this chapter and consult it as a reference, especially on trial day.