Beat a Speeding Ticket? Might Be as Simple as “I’m Sorry.”

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In a 2011 Law and Human Behavior article, researchers stated that sometimes the simplest way out of a speeding ticket is to apologize to the officer once you are pulled over.

Martin Day and Michael Ross of the University of Waterloo in Ontario Canada suggest that federal statistics show that fifty-five percent of all traffic violations are for speeding.  They had 500 responses to their survey and tried to determine the cases in which people were actually given a ticket and when they were given a warning.  They broke down responses to police into these four responses:

  • ​Admitting it and saying “sorry, I shouldn’t have been speeding.”
  • ​Making an excuse (I have to pee)
  • ​Justifying it (other driver are idiots)
  • ​Flat out denial

Individuals who expressed remorse were may times able to avoid getting the ticket; rather just get a warning.

I have been in the moment of a speeding ticket.  My initial reaction is anger.  At myself, at the cop, at the moment.  Money flowing out of my pocket.  But if you are able to process that anger by the time the cop asks for license and registration, you may not have all the negatives associated with a speeding ticket.

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Aimee Gromowsky

Aimee Gromowsky is formerly an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney for Jackson County and currently a private practice lawyer. Ms. Gromowsky handles thousands of cases in Kansas City, Missouri area courts and was honored with a “Best in Bar” award in 2007 and 2008 from the Kansas City Business Journal. As a Kansas City traffic lawyer, Aimee is determined to represent you in your case by providing exceptional legal counsel and service.