We all have heard ticket and traffic law myths throughout our lives. We might have even passed them on as advice to others without knowing that they are just myths. And of course, wrong advice can mislead someone and put them in an iffy situation, and that can go terribly bad when a cop is involved. So, to help you prevent such uncomfortable/dreadful circumstances, we are sharing the most common ticket and traffic law myths.
Myth #1: Stating That the Radar Gun Was Broken Gets You Out Of a Ticket
It is true that radar guns can malfunction just like any other device can. However, the likelihood of this happening is very small. As a result, if you argue to a judge that the radar gun was broken, he will ask for evidence and request proof that the radar was incorrect. Thus, unless you were truly wronged when you were clearly driving at the speed limit, this excuse will not get you out of a ticket.
Myth #2: Mistakes on the Ticket Will Get You Out of Trouble No one wants to get a ticket. They can be expensive, humiliating, and just awful. However, if you do get a ticket, there is no way to avoid the citation. Even if you find a mistake on the ticket, such as the cop’s missing signature or a misspelled name, you will still have to pay the fine. And this does include mistakes such as getting your license plate number wrong. So just be careful on the road to avoid getting ticketed. That is, after all, the best way to stay out of trouble.
Myth #3: Driving With the Flow of Traffic Will Get You Out of a Speeding Ticket Unfortunately, arguing with a cop about the flow of traffic and how you were driving just like any other car will not get out of a speeding ticket. The fact of the matter is, cops can’t stop every single car that speeds. They simply pick one speeder to make an example out of. So don’t use the excuse “but others were speeding” to get out of a ticket. Ever heard of the saying “If all your friends jumped off a bridge, would you too?” Well, this is similar. Don’t follow the herd into self-destruction, and the ticket will never have your name on it.
Myth #4: You Can Get a Ticket for Driving Barefoot Great news! It is totally legal to drive barefoot. The only time a cop will give you a ticket for driving barefoot is if being shoeless interferes with your driving and puts you and others on the road in danger. So if you love going barefoot when you drive, just be sure you don’t find pressing the gas and brake pedals with your bare foot uncomfortable.
Myth #5: Flirting and Crying to a Cop Will Get You Out of Trouble Now imagine this: if every person stopped by a cop for not following a traffic law flirted or cried, would all of them not get a ticket? Probably not. Every cop and situation is different. One cop might be more understanding while another might find you to be completely in the wrong. Flirting or crying doesn’t do much to change the outcome. In the end, it all comes down to the situation. For instance, if the cop sees that you truly didn’t mean to speed and that you understand what you did was wrong and he sees that you have no past history of reckless driving, he might simply give you a warning.
What did you think of these most common ticket and traffic law myths? We hope this list helps you stay out of trouble and drive safely!