Crazy Things People Say After Being Pulled Over

by Charles on February 6, 2012 · 8 comments

in Cars

One time, I was pulled over for cutting off the police officer at an intersection. My friends and I had been drinking that night, but I knew I would become the designated driver so I didn’t drink that much. As soon as the officer came alongside my car and I rolled down my window, he shouted, “It smells like a brewery in here!” I was dumbfounded by his reaction and I froze. But my friend was smart and coherent enough to say that the smell was coming from him and that I was the designated driver. The police offer let us go with a warning without performing a sobriety test. Though that was one of the smarter responses you can have when pulled over, there are still plenty of crazy things people say to get out of a ticket. I read an article this past week where a Florida woman blamed her big breasts for failing the sobriety test. When I read that, I couldn’t stop laughing, at the same time amazed at her response.

speeding ticket

I have my shares of being pulled for speeding throughout my driving years. But it’s been over 7 years since my last speeding ticket (minus citations from stupid speeding cameras). I never had to use a lame line of excuse to get out of a ticket. But I know people will try anything in desperation to get out of one. The last time I received a ticket, I practically begged the police officer if he could reconsider giving me a warning instead of a ticket. He said no and walked away.

Please share your story on how you were able to get out of receiving a ticket. I’d love to read about them.

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Dr Dean February 6, 2012 at 9:48 AM

Sorry, I’m 0 for 1 on the getting out of a speeding ticket thing. But considering my age one speeding ticket is not too bad. I’m generally not in a hurry, my kids harass me about my speed.
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Money Beagle February 6, 2012 at 10:39 AM

I’ve been pulled over four times, and gotten two tickets. In both cases, where I got the tickets ended up with raised speed limits within 24 months so that I wouldn’t have gotten the ticket had those limits been in place. But, I digress. In the other two cases, I honestly didn’t know about the infraction and I guess the cop was feeling nice and/or could see that I was genuinely surprised that I had made an error (both involving illegal turns) that they let me off.

FG February 6, 2012 at 4:15 PM

Haven’t been successful at getting out of speeding tickets, but it helps to learn the kind of places where cops like to hide out, and to not get too wild with the accelerator. ;)
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Shaun @ Smart Family Finance February 6, 2012 at 9:18 PM

For me, I’m 3 and 1. I’ve noticed a correlation between the branch of police I’m dealing with. State police have let me go with a warning. The one time I was ticketed, it was a local cop. I’m sure town revenue was an issue.
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Thomas - Ways to Invest Money February 7, 2012 at 11:55 AM

I have never used anything crazy after being pulled over. Actually more than a couple of times when ask did you know why I stopped you I simply gave the reason and they let me go saying next time be more careful or pay attention. Thought this doesnt work with all police officers it worked for me.
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maria@moneyprinciple February 7, 2012 at 1:26 PM

I have never been pulled for anything. My husband on the other hand was pulled over in Bulgaria for speeding. I got out of it by telling the policeman that I’ll kill my hubby because he is speeding and I pick the bill. We got out of it but I always look at the speedometer to make sure that he is in line.
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Speeding Ticket February 10, 2012 at 6:10 AM

Its really harmful for drivers to have a speeding ticket, because its also effect o their insurance pa amount.

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