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What to do if you’re pulled over for speeding

Everyone does it. Even though you know the speed limit, you violate it from time to time. It doesn’t sound like a big deal, but the police see things differently. Not only is it dangerous to you, but speeding also puts others on the road at risk.

Here are some steps to take if you’re pulled over for speeding:

  • Stay in your vehicle: Once you find a safe place to pull over, such as a parking lot or the shoulder of the road, stay in your seat until the officer arrives at your window. Don’t grab for anything and make any suspicious moves.
  • Don’t admit to anything: After requesting your license, registration and proof of insurance, the officer is likely to ask if you know why you were pulled over (they may do this first). Don’t admit to anything, such as by saying “I may have been speeding a bit.” A simple “no” is more than enough.
  • Don’t fight back: Even if you’re set on the fact that you didn’t break the law, there’s no point in fighting back at this point. It’ll only complicate things. Take your citation and carefully drive away from the scene.

From there, you can decide what to do next. Consider the impact before you pay the ticket. In addition to the financial setback, it could also result in an insurance premium hike, license suspension and more.

You have the right to your day in court. Even if you don’t get the ticket thrown out, you may be able to reduce the impact on your life.