25 Myths About Speeding Tickets That Just Aren't True

Possessing a license entitles you to legal driving on public roads. Getting a drivers license is one of the most memorable occasions in a person's life. Although a license allows you to roam the roads, all drivers have a responsibility to conduct themselves appropriately to ensure the safety of all road users.

Failing to abide by the rules of the road could lead to accidents or the police issuing you with a ticket. One of the most common traffic rules that drivers break is the speed limit. Whether it's rushing to get to their meeting on time or showing off the car's performance, most drivers have been guilty of speeding.

The modern era has made it more difficult for drivers to speed, as police don't have to catch you in the act due to the stationed cameras. Technology has allowed the police to arrest you days after you have sped, so drivers should abide by the speed limit if they want to avoid the authorities. Considering that the highest speeding fine issued was $1.15 million to a man in Sweden, drivers should stick to the speed limit.

Many drivers have formed beliefs about speeding tickets that are false. To educate drivers, we composed a list of speeding ticket myths that aren't true.

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25 Judge Will Dismiss The Ticket If Information On It Is Wrong

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Speeding fines that have insignificant errors on it will be valid. If your ticket has a significant error on it, then you could get out of the ticket. So, what constitutes an insignificant and significant error?

If the officer documented your engine to be silver, but it was grey, that is an insignificant error. Officers who make mistakes with your license plates or the spelling of your name have committed a minor error. Insufficient information on the ticket or the wrong date could get you out of the ticket.

24 You Can Plead Ignorance

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“A lot of people who get caught for speeding don’t know what the limit is, or didn’t know they were going so fast because they weren’t paying attention,” said Peter Rodger, Institute of Advanced Motorists' chief examiner.

Drivers who aren't aware of the speed limit should drive slow, as well as drivers who have trouble sticking to the speed limit. Although the speed limit varies according to areas and roads, drivers should be aware of the relevant speed limits. Don't think about pleading ignorance, as it could lead to bigger problems.

23 Drivers Can Keep A Ticket Off Record By Paying Extra

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Whether that tactic worked many years ago is debatable, but it doesn't work in the modern era. Some drivers believe the loop to be as follows: when you get the speeding ticket in the mail, you pay an extra cost of the ticket then wait to get a refund for the extra amount that you paid.

If you don't cash the refund check, the state won't finish processing your ticket; therefore, it won't show up on your record, according to Life Hacker. That is incorrect. The ticket goes onto one's record when the state entered it onto the system.

22 The Police Have To Meet Speeding Quotas

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Even the police have to meet targets. Many drivers believe that the police have to issue out a certain amount of fines in a month to reach targets. The police aren't like salesmen; they don't have to hit specific numbers and don't use that as a motivation to pull you to the side of the road.

Most police departments don't have quotas for speeding fines. If officers did have quotas, it would be so small that they wouldn't have any problems reaching their targets. Drive below the speed limit, and you won't have to worry about quotas.

21 The Police Can't Fine A Slow Driver

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Driving like Miss Daisy might be suitable for a Sunday drive when nobody is on the road, but it can get you a ticket. Drivers who exceed the speed limit are a danger to themselves and other road users, but so are slow drivers. Although a minimum speed is inapplicable on most roads, drivers can get a fine for driving too slow.

The police can deem you a road hazard for slow driving. In most cases, the police will issue a verbal warning, but you can get a fine if the police believe that you're placing others in danger.

20 The Judge Will Dismiss The Ticket If You Contest It, And The Officer Doesn't Show Up

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Some truth exists to this statement. When an officer in New York fails to show up for the hearing, the judge will adjourn and reschedule the case for a later date. If the officer doesn't attend the second of the third date, then the judge might dismiss the case, according to New York Speeding Fines.

While that may a possibility, you shouldn't count your eggs before they hatch, as officers tend to show up more than they don't. Also, you don't have any guarantee that the judge will dismiss the case.

19 Signing The Traffic Ticket Is An Admission Of Guilt

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Signing a legally binding document makes you accountable for the stipulated clauses, but a ticket isn't a legally binding document. Thank goodness for that. By signing the speeding fine, you're acknowledging receiving the ticket, not signing your life away.

If the officer asks you to sign the ticket, do it. Signing the ticket won't cause you any harm or help you in court. By not signing the ticket, you can infuriate the officer and end up in more trouble. The last thing you want to do is aggravate the situation.

18 If The Road Didn't Have White Lines Before Or After The Camera, The Judge Can't Prosecute You

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Driving on a road that doesn't have white lines can confuse the driver about how wide the lane is, as well as causing confusion about oncoming traffic, but it doesn't have anything to do with speeding.

If the driver is on a road without white lines, it doesn't give him or her the permission to speed. Also, many speed cameras operate without accompanying road markings. Although lack of white road markings might place you in danger, it won't get you out of a ticket if you're speeding.

17 Speed Camera Cannot Identify Dirty License Plates

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Dirtying your license plates, intentionally or unintentionally, could get you in a heap of trouble. If you think that you won't get a speeding fine because the camera is incapable of reading your license plates, you're wrong.

Road laws state that driving with a dirty license plate is an offense. The police can fine you for a dirty license plate. Although the speed camera might struggle to identify your dirty license plate, you're at high risk of getting a fine from the police.

16 Speeding In A Hire Car Won't Get You Points Off Your License

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The authorities have designed the system in such a manner that you'll get penalized regardless of whose car you drive. Don't think that you can speed when driving a hire car. Many drivers believe that hire car agencies will take the flack, but those organizations have to inform the authorities of the driver's name who rented the car at the time of the offense, according to Saga.

The hire car company has all your details and won't take the blame for an offense that you committed.

15 Speeding Can't Result In Jail Time

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Bragging about reaching a three-hour destination in two hours might get you head nods from your friends, but it could land you in prison. Drivers who speed danger their life, as well as the lives of other road users.

If the consequences of your speeding result in a road user getting injured or passing away, you could end up in jail for involuntary manslaughter. Besides spending time in jail, you'll have to live with a guilty conscious of having caused somebody pain. Stay below the limit to keep yourself and others safe.

14 The Police Pull Over Red Cars More Than The Rest

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Regardless of your car's color, the police will pull you over if you are speeding. Driving a fancy red color car might catch the officer's eye, but he won't pull you over if you are abiding by the speed limit.

Researchers have conducted numerous studies on which colors, models and makes attract the most speeding fines, and none have proven that red colors are prone to more tickets than the rest. Some drivers also believe that insurance companies charge higher premiums for red cars; it's not true.

13 Telling The Officer That You Were Overtaking Another Vehicle Will Get You Out Of The Ticket

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The police are intelligent, so most officers won't accept that as an excuse. One of the reasons that this excuse won't work is that the law doesn't permit drivers to break the speed limit regardless of the reason.

Also, the police recognize a reasonable passing situation when they see it. If the police pulled you over, the reason is that they determined your speed to be unsafe, as well as over the limit. The police will also think that you endangered the life of the driver whom you overtook by speeding.

12  Drivers Don't Have To Pay For A Ticket Received Out Of Their Home State

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Think about that for a second. If that were true, then drivers would be speeding in every state. That would cause havoc on the roads, as drivers will get out of tickets when they're in different states.

Although a state controls the local traffic law, all the states communicate with each other. Most states have an interlinked licensing system, enabling each state to see the driver's conduct regardless of his geographical location. Drives who don't pay a speeding fine in another state could get their license suspended in their home state.

11  Telling The Officer That You Were Going With The Flow Of The Traffic Will Get You Out Of The Ticket

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If that was true, then the police's actions are justified for pulling you over. The law states that you cannot break the speed limit regardless of the situation. That means any excuse won't work on the police. If other drivers were speeding, it wouldn't convince the officer not to give you a ticket.

By using that excuse, you could get other drivers into trouble. As an adult, you shouldn't use other people's negligence as an excuse for your actions. You should own up to the mistakes. Who knows, maybe the officer lets you slide due to an admission of guilt?

10  The Insurance Company Doesn't Need To Know If You Have Less Than Six Points On Your License

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Trying to hide your road misdemeanors from the insurance company won't do you any favors. Honesty is always the best policy, so you need to keep your insurance company up to date with everything that involves your license points. If you have received points on your driver's license for speeding or other penalties, regardless of the amount, you need to inform your insurance.

Failing to inform your insurance can lead to the invalidation of your motor insurance policy. Work with your insurance company, so it can make life easier for you.

9 The Speedometer Overstates The Speed

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One of the excuses that drivers like to use to officers, as well as in court, is that the speedometer overstates the speed. They claim that the speedometer overstates the speed by at least ten percent. That might have been the case more than three decades ago, but speedometers are on par with speeding cameras.

Experts also advise drivers not to rely on satellite navigation for speed. The experts claim that satellite navigation measures distance in straight lines and works on a 2D map while we live a 3D world.

8  Judge Will Dismiss The Ticket If The Police Don't Send You The Camera Photos

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When the authorities send you a notice of intended prosecution for speeding, they don't have to send you the speeding camera photos. That is at their discretion. In some cases, the police will send you the photos, but it's not an obligation.

Drivers who have received a notice of intended prosecution for speeding are allowed to request the camera photos. If the police ask you to identify yourself in the photos, and you don't reply, it could lead to further charges against you. Make sure you cooperate with the police.

7 The Speeding Camera Doesn't Reveal My Face, So I'm Not Accountable

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The purpose of the speeding camera is to identify the vehicle, not the driver. By stating in court that the camera doesn't reveal your face won't help you. In most cases, when the police issue a notice, they ask the vehicle's owner to confirm if they were driving.

Drivers who don't respond could get an additional fine or points off their driver's license. If the vehicle's owner has cooperated with the police and proved not to be the driver at the time of the offense, then he or she might have a good defense, according to Car Keys.

6  Drivers Can't Get A Ticket Due To The Absent Camera Warning Sign

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The point of the speeding camera is to catch you speeding, not to inform you of its existence. If you're not speeding, then you don't have to worry about any signs informing you of a camera ahead.

The police can hide behind bushes or hide the camera in a tunnel to determine if you're speeding. Fitting camera warning signs is not a legal requirement. While many roads have camera warning signs, it's not necessary, so consider yourself fortunate if you slow down due to a camera warning sign.

5 Drivers Won't Get A Ticket For Emergency Speeding

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The law states that drivers aren't allowed to speed regardless of the situation. Although you might be rushing to the hospital to witness the birth of your child, the police are entitled to issue a fine. In case of emergencies, it's the officer's discretion to give you a ticket.

Drivers could get out of the ticket if the officer is sympathetic to the driver's situation. If you're in a genuine emergency, you could plead with the officer to get you off the hook, but don't use the football game as an excuse for speeding.

4  You Should Question The Accuracy Of The Speed Radar

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Some drivers believe that claiming the speed radar was inaccurate will get them out of the mess. That claim alone won't get you out of the ticket, as you'll have to prove that you weren't speeding. Smartphone apps such as TicketDefender and Waze record your driving speed, so drivers should make use of those if they want evidence for the court.

The difference between the app's speed and the radar should be substantial to get the ticket dismissed. If you were speeding, the app would show you that you're wasting your time defending yourself.

3  Drivers Can't Get A Ticket For Driving The Speed Limit

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Yes, you can. The authorities have stipulated speed limits according to optimal conditions. If you are driving 60 mph in a 60 mph zone in summer, then the police won't stop you. When the driver is doing 50 mph in 50 mph zone when it's dark and on a sheet of black ice, then he or she is driving recklessly and could receive a ticket.

The conditions are prevalent than the stipulated speed limit. Always keep that in mind, especially if you live in a state that has severe weather conditions.

2 Beating A Ticket Requires A Lawyer

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Lawyers are in the business of making money, so don't be surprised if they tell you that you need legal representation if you want the judge to overturn your ticket. Getting a traffic citation overturned isn't as serious as being on trial for assault, so drivers can acquire information that will help them in court by searching the net.

Also, first-time offenders for minor valuations can negotiate a plea bargain. The cost of hiring an attorney can outweigh paying the fine.  Some states offer legal representation for reasonable fees.

1 Flashing Your Headlights To Warn Others Is Illegal

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We're referring to drivers flashing their headlights to warn other road users that the police or speed cameras are ahead. Many drivers believe that if they warn the oncoming traffic about the roadblock or cameras that the police can stop them to issue a fine. That is incorrect.

Drivers have a legal right to warn other road users of speed traps, according to Florida Online Traffic School. A police officer doesn't have the right to issue you a fine for warning other road users, so don't be scared to help a fellow driver.

Sources - Car Keys, Saga & Life Hacker

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