As soon as the police officer pulls you over for speeding, do you start thinking about what excuse you’re going to use? Do you start wondering if you can talk your way out of the ticket?

Most of us do, but it’s important to remember that the police have heard it all before. They get excuses with almost every single traffic stop. This is nothing new. Here are a few of the most common ones:

  • You actually thought it would be safer. For instance, maybe the car behind you was tailgating and you thought that speeding would help avoid a rear-end accident.
  • The flow of traffic was moving above the speed limit, and you were just following the example of the other cars. You thought that driving slowly would cause a traffic jam and may put people in more danger.
  • You are late for something important. It could be work, school, a doctor’s appointment, a court date or an interview, just to name a few examples.
  • You never saw a speed limit sign. Maybe you got pulled over doing 60 mph zone, but you thought it was a 55-mph zone.
  • You had a medical emergency of your own and needed to speed. Perhaps the most common example is a man saying that his pregnant wife is in labor, and he needs to get to the hospital.

Some of these excuses may work, but they may not. Rather than only focusing on how you can talk your way out of it, take the time to look into all of your legal options to fight the ticket.