8 top traffic ticket myths
Myth No. 3: Red cars get more tickets.
Forum posters on www.colormatters.com,
a Web site that focuses on color theory and everything that color
affects, say drivers of red cars get more tickets. There are no
official studies to confirm that red cars do get more tickets, but
some suggest the bold color tends to attract more attention from
everyone -- including police officers. There is also a theory that
red cars can create an optical illusion that makes them appear to
be going faster than they really are. A similar myth says that insurance
companies charge higher premiums for red cars. Allstate and Progressive
have both reported that a car's color has no bearing on the premiums
Myth No. 4:
You need a lawyer to beat a ticket.
expect most traffic ticket attorneys to say you can't beat your own ticket. With
a little time and homework, however, many people successfully fight
their own traffic tickets. At the very least, first-time offenders for minor
offenses can usually strike a plea bargain in most jurisdictions. An attorney's
fee will often outweigh the fines and impact of a first violation, but in states
such as Texas and Florida, some law firms have entire practices dedicated to fighting
tickets and can often do so at reasonable rates.
No. 5: If you get a ticket in another state, your
home state won't find out about it.
The Interstate Driver's License
Compact is an agreement between participating states that share information regarding
certain types of traffic convictions. Reports on traffic violations and suspensions
are forwarded to the home state of the nonresident. There are only a handful of
states -- Georgia, Massachusetts, Tennessee, Michigan and Wisconsin -- that are
not members of the DLC. There is also the National Driver Register, or NDR,
a database of information about drivers who have had their licenses revoked and
suspended due to serious traffic violations. States provide the NDR with information
about these serious offenses, and those in the database can be denied licenses
in other states.
No. 6: You can make up an excuse to get out of the
Most police officers aren't interested in excuses. When an
officer pulls you over, he already suspects you of an infraction. You'll have
your day in court and many ways to fight the ticket. Remember: Any explanation
you give about why you were speeding is an admission that you were speeding. If
an officer logs those explanations in his notes, the statements could later be
used against you in court. That's why, whenever an officer asks if you know why
you've been pulled over, always answer "no" and just take the ticket.
admit to speeding in the process of talking," says Aaron Quinn, communications
director for the National Motorists Association. "I would say just to be
polite with the officer. Reasoning with the officer is something that might help
you out if you actually are on your way to the hospital. You can try talking,
just don't admit guilt."