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Traffic Law Myths

Ticket and traffic law myths circulate around like the plague. One person says that it’s absolutely appropriate to do something on the road and the other person takes it for a fact and spreads the news to other drivers, and so on and so forth. Now, there are lots of myths that people have grown up believing are facts, and we are here to shed light on the reality behind those myths.

Myth #1: Stating That the Radar Gun Was Broken Gets You Out of a Ticket

It is true that radar guns can malfunction just like any other device can. Although, the probability of this happening is really slim. For that reason, if you argue in front of a judge that the radar gun was broken, he or she will ask for evidence and request proof that the radar was wrong. Therefore, unless you were truly wronged when you were clearly driving at the speed limit, this excuse will not get you out of a ticket.

Myth #2: Mistakes on the Ticket Will Get You Out of Trouble

No one wants to get a ticket. They can be expensive, humiliating, and just awful. Nevertheless, if you do get one, there is no way to avoid the citation. Even if you find a mistake on the ticket, such as the cop’s missing signature or a misspelled name, you will still have to pay the fine. And this does include mistakes such as getting your license plate number wrong. So just be careful on the road to avoid getting ticketed. That is, after all, the best way to stay out of trouble.

Myth #3: Driving with the Flow of Traffic Will Get You Out of a Speeding Ticket

Unfortunately, arguing with a cop about the flow of traffic and how you were driving just like any other car will not get you out of a speeding ticket. The truth is, cops can’t stop every single car that speeds. They just pick one speeder to make an example out of. So don’t use the excuse “but others were speeding” to get out of a ticket. Ever heard of the saying, “If all your friends jumped off a bridge, would you too?” Well, this is similar. Don’t follow the herd into self-destruction, and the ticket will never have your name on it.

Myth #4: You Can Get a Ticket for Driving Barefoot

Great news! It is totally legal to drive barefoot. The only time a cop will give you a ticket for driving barefoot is if being shoeless interferes with your driving and puts you and others on the road in danger. So if you love being barefoot when you drive, just be sure you are comfortable while you’re doing it.

Myth #5: Flirting and Crying to a Cop Will Get You Out of Trouble

Now imagine this: if every person stopped by a cop for not following a traffic law flirted or cried, would all of them not get a ticket? Probably not. Every cop and situation is different. One cop might be more understanding while another might find you completely in the wrong. Flirting or crying doesn’t do much to change the outcome. In the end, it all comes down to the situation. For example, if the cop sees that you truly didn’t mean to speed and that you understand what you did was wrong and he sees that you have no past history of reckless driving, he might simply give you a warning.


Now that you know the facts behind these ticket and traffic law myths, be sure to avoid doing them so you can stay out of trouble.