You are driving down the street in Missouri and failed to notice you were 10 MPH over the speed limit until blue lights flash behind you. Or, you failed to catch that amber light and breezed through the intersection on red only to hear that siren behind you. Now, what?
There is no guarantee that you can talk your way out of a ticket, even when you are not in the wrong. Ultimately, the officer’s decision boils down to whether or not they believe you have a good reason or even whether or not they are having a bad day. Even so, a marketer who wrote for Forbes provided advice that has worked 10 times out of 10 for him.
Show respect for the officer’s safety
Police officers know that every traffic stop they make could be their last. The increasing tension between police officers and civilians has not helped this scenario. As a result, officers may appreciate when civilians go above and to ensure their safety.
Let down the window, set your wallet with your drivers license down on the dashboard and grasp the top of your steering wheel with both hands. Only remove your title and registration from the glove compartment if you are able to do so before the officer exits the car. If not, wait until you receive clear instructions to do so.
Make no excuses
If the officer asks why you were pulled over, admit freely to your error. The marketer recommends never making any excuses even when the officer offers the opportunity. The phrase recommended is, “Officer, if you could let me off with a warning, I would appreciate it; and if you cannot I certainly understand.”
The officer may then ask some follow up questions. It is important to resist all urges to explain that you were late for work or to insert any instances of the word “but”. Officers have heard every excuse in the book and may appreciate a no-nonsense interaction.
Again, there is no guarantee this will work, but the marketer gives it his seal of approval. Interestingly enough, he claims the approach is a mix of his experience in marketing and a book entitled Endless Referrals and The Go-Giver by Bob Burg. Who knows? Maybe it will work for you too.
This article shares advice from a marketer on how to get out of a speeding ticket and should not be interpreted as legal advice.