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Old 01-13-2004, 03:23 PM   #1
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It seems we've had a lot of people ticketed recently...

... so I'm passing on recommendation of a wonderful book I own: A Speeder's Guide To Avoiding Tickets, written by Sgt. James M. Eagan of the New York State Police [Ret.] -- yes, the State Police.

Now, before everyone tars and feathers me for promoting another way for us all to kill ourselves, let me offer the following excerpt from the book:

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Some of my cohorts will say I'm committing treason, while others, those who go through the trouble of reading the book, will say "Right on!" Sooner or later someone has to call a spade a spade and reveal the foolishness that is modern day traffic enforcement. To be quite honest, I would be perfectly happy if after finishing this book you decided it wasn't worth the effort and made the decision to never exceed the posted speed limit again. I am not writing this to encourage you to speed. You are doing that already and we both know it. If you were not so inclined, there would be no reason for this book to be of interest to you.
Aside from ticket avoidance and fighting, the single best lesson you can learn from this book is the CORRECT way to handle being pulled over. There are more things you can do to talk yourself INTO a ticket than out of one. I highly encourage everyone "so inclined" to check this out. I paid $6.95 for my copy.


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When you get pulled over,
1. Keep your hands at 10 & 2 on the steering wheel as the officer approaches your car. They like to see where your hands are at all times.
2. Answer questions in a non hostile manner. Yelling, arguing or making statements about what someone else was doing or have did won't help you.
3. Always stay calm and answer questions truthfully because they will most likely ask the same question again, just to see if your lying.
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I have that book. I've been driving for ten years now, and I've had two, count them TWO speeding tickets. Not a bad deal for ten years worth of driving. I got more parking tickets in a couple years of high school and college than I have had moving violations for my whole driving "career" so far...

Good book, I recommend it, although obviously a lot of it is common sense.
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I have that book. I've been driving for ten years now, and I've had two, count them TWO speeding tickets. Not a bad deal for ten years worth of driving. I got more parking tickets in a couple years of high school and college than I have had moving violations for my whole driving "career" so far...

Good book, I recommend it, although obviously a lot of it is common sense.
And I'm assuming that what makes these stats impressive is that you're at least a semi-habitual speeder?
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Oops, left that out. Yes, I do speed. Frequently. Over the years I have gotten away with some incredibly stupid stunts, so to only get a couple speeding tickets is a darn good record.
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micro: That is all very true, but there are some other just as important things to do, depending on where and when you get pulled over.

Ironically, during my defensive driving course, I was able to answer several of the instructors' questions by citing the book.
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Oops, left that out. Yes, I do speed. Frequently. Over the years I have gotten away with some incredibly stupid stunts, so to only get a couple speeding tickets is a darn good record.
One does not buy an SVT-anything without planning on extra-legal speeds.
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I've only had two tickets and also have been driving for 10 years. Neither one of them was for speeding, first one was for running a red light, second one was for improper passing. I was 17 on the first and 18 on the second. I will say this, if I happen to have had a proper attitude and had not been such a *itch I most likely would not have gotten neither one of those tickets.

Lesson learned, because I've been pulled over for speeding a total of 6 times and by all rights deserved every one of those violations. I was let off and did not even receive not one warning all six times. Why, not because I was a girl before any of you say that. Why, because I pulled over quick and very prompt. All windows rolled down, license and proof of insurance out before the officer approached. Calm, well mannered attitude, and I agreed with everything ever stated to me by all the officers. I smiled and looked them straight in the eye, answered all their questions and thanked them when it was all said and done.

Now I'm not saying this to bragg, and please keep in mind that all 6 times I've been pulled over for speeding. None of them except one exceeded 10 MPH over the posted speed limit. I was even pulled over one of those times for going 38 in a 35 zone. My last one which was 2 years ago I was caught doing a burn out and passed the officer going 80 in a 45. Stupid me, lesson learned and I was very lucky that I did not receive a wreckless driving and excessive speeding ticket.

Okay I'm rambling and yes I know this is a very long post. Sorry about that. SVT4ME is right a lot of it is common sense.
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I agree with most of the above statements, basically be honest and do not give the cop a load of crap, I've got out of some and not some others...... However, one of my best friends is a state trooper ( 17 years on the force). He's a nice guy on and off the job, but even he admits that he will let a woman off easier than a man, so that pops that myth.. Also, one thing he does and a few others here, .If you have the balls to ask for a warning...you get one.period.
As a general rule the cops in Md. have been going nuts on speeding tickets since about November, I don't know what the new superintendent told the rank and file, but it involvs righting ALOT of speeding tickets lately, so in Md. be careful..Enough said, I'm starting to ramble
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