Your chances of talking your way out of a traffic ticket are slim â€“ but itâ€™s not uncommon for a driver to talk themselves INTO one by insulting the officer or annoying them enough to write a ticket when they might have otherwise let them off with a warning. Here are the things NOT to say:
- “Whateverâ€¦” This disrespectful remark will almost always insult the officer and land you with a ticket. Same goes for rolling your eyes, arguing or making profane remarks.
- “I didnâ€™t run that light!” or other denials of wrong doing. If you did something wrong, admit it; youâ€™re more likely to be given a warning. Of course, if you truly didnâ€™t feel like you did what the officer claimed, donâ€™t say you did something wrong just to agree with the officer.
- “I know the mayor.” Never pull a power play like this on an officer. They arenâ€™t afraid of who youâ€™re friends with if you broke the law. Remember, theyâ€™re doing their job by stopping you.
- “I’m calling my lawyer.” Again, this wonâ€™t threaten the police officer because they deal with lawyers all the time. Threatening an officer with your attorney is a no-win situation for you.
- “I’m on my way to the DMV/hospital.” If you were pulled over because of an expired ticket, donâ€™t use this line. Cops hear it all the time. “But officer, I was just on my way to the inspection stationâ€¦” And unless you are truly sick or injured and thereâ€™s a real emergency, donâ€™t lie and make it sound as though you were responding to an emergency. Again, officers hear this all the time.
- “But everyone else was driving 90!” That doesnâ€™t mean itâ€™s okay or lawful. A police officer wonâ€™t let you off simply because everyone else is doing the same thing.