Traffic Tips To Avoid NY Speeding Tickets And Other Moving Violations
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Below is a complete list of our traffic tips. These tips involve avoiding tickets, what to do if you are caught speeding or committing some other type of moving violation, preparing for your traffic ticket trial, and how to handle yourself when fighting your traffic ticket. Feel free to email us your traffic tip. If we like it, we will include in this site.
Tip #1: Avoiding Tickets: Maintain a reasonable distance behind another vehicle. Let another driver "clear" the way.
Tip #2: Avoiding Tickets: Drive in a pack (i.e., with car in front of you and behind you).
Tip #3: Avoiding Tickets: Keep your car well maintained. Broken head lights, dangling mufflers, etc., will encourage police officers to stop you and write you up.
Tip #4: Avoiding Tickets: Be vigilant. If you don't have a clear view, then be extra careful.
Tip #5: Avoiding Tickets: Do not pass a police officer. Seems obvious but ...
Tip #6: Avoiding Tickets: Don't drive cars which attract attention (ex. high performance, bright red, etc).
Tip #7: Avoiding Tickets: Don't forget about the "known" speed traps.
Tip #8: Avoiding Tickets; Do not enter an intersection until there is enough space beyond the far cross walk to accommodate your car.
Tip #9: At Conference or Trial: "My speedometer was broken" is not an accepted defense.
Tip #10: At Conference or Trial: "I was going with the flow of traffic" defense never works.
Tip #11: At Conference or Trial: The fact that you were the only one pulled over is irrelevant regardless of the number of other speeding cars around you.
Tip #12: At Conference or Trial: "The officer was rude" defense does not help defeat a traffic ticket.
Tip #13: At Conference or Trial: It does not matter if the officer gives you mis-information, like "this ticket carries no points".
Tip #14: At Trial: Be prepared, succincnt and relevant. Judges do not appreciate rambling or redundant presentations.
Tip #15: At Trial: Only ask the officer questions. Do not make statements addressed to him or her.
Tip #16: At Trial: Look for and highlight any inconsistencies in the officer's testimony. Compare his testimony to the ticket, his notes, the supporting deposition or any other evidence.
Tip #17: At Trial: Look for omissions. Did the officer clearly and completley explain who, when, where, etc.?
Tip #18: At Trial: Do not challenge an officer's integrity. Say something like he or she must have a less than clear recollection.
Tip #19: During the Car Stop: Be polite and responsive.
Tip #20: During the Car Stop: Don't argue with the officer.
Tip #21: During the Car Stop: Pull over as quickly as possible and in a safe manner.
Tip #22: During the Car Stop: Do not admit to committing a traffic violation when answering the question "Do you know why I pulled you over?"
Tip #23: During The Car Stop: While the officer is writing, you should be writing too. Record as many details as you can as it can help at trial
Tip #24: During The Car Stop: Always pull your car over as far as you can to the side of the road so the officer will not be as worried about traffic when he approaches your car [thanks to Chris W].
Tip #25: During the Car Stop: Roll down your window and keep your hands on the wheel as the officer approaches.
Tip #26: During the Car Stop: Don't flaunt your brother's girlfriend's cousin's PBA card. Simply allow the officer to see that you have one as you "look for" your license.
Tip #27: Preparing For Trial: Take many photos of the scene of the offense or other relevant items. Take them as soon as possible following the receiving the ticket.
Tip #28: Preparing For Trial: Always make a copy of the front of your ticket. Many courts (including the TVB) will not return the original ticket if you send it to them.
Tip #29: Preparing for Trial: Never wear shorts, muscle shirts, hats or cut offs to court. How you dress can have a direct correlation to the respect that you receive.
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