5 Excuses Proven to Get Drivers Out of Traffic Tickets

AAA says already this year is a big year for road trips. That means more time in our cars and the chance for us to get a ticket.

No one likes tickets so if, and I hope you don’t, do get pulled over, try one of these five excuses.

I hope it helps and safe travels if you are embarking on a trip!

Be Well,

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The Five Most Successful Excuses…

For example, the next time a cop stops you while driving, try uttering the excuse, “I didn’t know I was speeding.” About 26% of the time, this can get you out of a ticket, according to CarInsurance.com’s third annual “Caught Speeding” survey of 1,000 drivers’ habits.

Overall, excuses probably work better than you think when faced with the possibility of a ticket. Almost 50% of survey respondents say using an excuse with a police officer helped avoid a ticket. That’s nearly double the success rate reported in 2020.

The Five Most Successful Excuses…
1. I didn’t know I was speeding – 26%
2. Medical emergency – 25%
3. Everyone else was going the same speed – 22%
4. Late for work – 21%
5. I had to use the bathroom – 20%

It probably helps when the excuse also happens to be true, and those trying to justify their bad driving behaviors appear to be increasingly honest.

In a press release, Les Masterson, managing editor for CarInsurance.com, said only 12% of survey respondents lied when giving excuses this year, compared with almost 33% last year.

Other Less Successful Excuses, But Still Helpful…

  1. Late for an interview – 16%
  2. Late to pick up or drop my child off – 15%
  3. I didn’t see the sign – 14%
  4. Late for court appointment – 13%
  5. Late for doctor appointment – 13%
  6. Late to meet friends – 12%
  7. I’m bringing home hot food and didn’t want it to get cold – 11%
  8. Late to meet partner, husband or wife – 11%
  9. Late for a date – 10%
  10. Late for a funeral – 10%

In Closing…

The survey found that men and younger drivers are more likely to offer up excuses when faced with a speeding ticket. A large group of women — 69% — said they never have offered an excuse, compared to 43% of men.

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