Mind Your Manners and Avoid a Speeding Ticket
Operating a vehicle in excess of the speed limit is strictly prohibited by the laws of Illinois. Truthfully, speeding is illegal no matter your state of residency. However, it is within the rights of the attending police officer to decide to issue a warning or a citation based on the current situation. As the driver of the vehicle, you have the ability to help sway the outcome in your favor.
Points to Remember
First and foremost, bear in mind that your behavior does not always have an effect on their decision. The officer may have a bad mood, and a citation will be issued regardless, because, in their opinion, you deserved it. Of course, opinion is not indicative of fact, and we are glad to help you sort out those predicaments. Also, state police, highway patrol, and troopers are all more likely to stick to the law and issue a ticket. The general rule of thumb is, “treat others as you would like to be treated.” Imagine how you would react if someone approached you in a confrontational manner. Would you be likely to help them out or stand your ground?
Your Behavior Counts
The following actions have assisted many Americans in either lessening the citation or only getting a warning. These are:
- Do not attempt to bribe or flirt with them: It does not work,
- Wave at the officer as you are passing them: You are at the very least acknowledging you saw them and are slowing down,
- Do not act confrontational: Humanize yourself by making small talk (avoid guilty admissions, politics, religion, and sports teams),
- Keep your hands on the steering wheel during the entire stop: Displays respect for the safety of the officer, a significant component,
- Turn on the dome light at night time: Also, alleviates safety concerns,
- Avoid watching in the rear view mirror: Monitoring their every move appears suspicious, and they become defensive,
- Have your license, insurance, and, registration ready on the dash: It is a good idea to have a portfolio ready so you are not fumbling at the time of the stop, and
- If you need to retrieve your documents, ask permission and explain where you will be reaching.
As previously mentioned, there are those instances that no matter your behavior, that citation will be issued. Again, mind your manners because the more argumentative you appear, the harsher the punishment can become. Even if you believe that you are guilty, the punishment may not need to be as harshly administered and is worth disputing. If you are interested in discussing your situation with a Maywood, IL speeding ticket defense attorney, contact Stringini & Garvey, P.C. today at 630-834-9595 to schedule your free initial consultation. We use our over 65 years of combined experienced to defend our clients in Maywood, Glendale Heights, Lombard, Bloomingdale, and all surrounding Chicagoland area.