Get a traffic ticket lately? Unsure how much lunch money it'll cost? You should be. If you live in a large city such as California or Philadelphia, budgets are tights and costs are rising. As a result, speeding tickets issued by local law enforcement may be ridiculously high -- high to fill those budget gaps.
If you've driven for any length of time, you understand the peril zooming in and out of lanes poses. Yet, we continue speeding in and out of lanes, justifying it with, "Speed of traffic." Here are three tips to reduce the incidence of speeding tickets.
Use Cruise Control
I use cruise control and chance I get – surface streets, the highway, long stretches of city streets. Cops love to barricade themselves between trees, behind walls or under bridges with their radar guns pointed at oncoming traffic. Having received several speeding tickets, I’ve learned to love cruise control. Aside from forcing yourself to drive slower, the amount of gas you’ll use will decrease.
Stay in the Slow Lanes
Refuse the urge to merge into the fast lanes. I know, I know, drivers in the slow lane drive well…slow. Make big rigs, elderly folks and newbie drivers your freeway neighbors. Don't get lured by passing cars or cars tailgating you. If you have the luck I do, you’re bridge away from getting a speeding ticket.
Get a Ticket
I speed quite a bit, I should say, I use to speed. I've failed to appear in court because I lost the ticket issued to me. I've had to attend court, stand in front of a judge and ask them to remove the $1,000 failure to appear fee. One look at the cost of a speeding ticket, you'll think twice about speeding next.
If these tips don't work and you choose to speed, it's a matter of time before the red and blue lights fill your rear view mirror. Hopefully you won't need a traffic lawyer.