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Here are some suggestions to help you avoid tickets:

Know the limits. It's no illusion that police officers generally ignore cars driving just slightly over the posted speed. In fact, many departments set threshold speeds (six miles an hour above the limit in one state, for example) at which officers are to take no action. You might be able to slip by at 65 mph in a 55 mph zone, but you're unlikely to do the same at 70 mph.

Be selective. Most speeding tickets are written during the morning and evening during rush hours, when there are more motorists and more police officers on the road. Late night and very early morning are not watched nearly as carefully.

Drive unobtrusively. Flashy cars attract attention, something to keep in mind if you drive a red Maserati. The same applies to fleshly driving styles. Don't tailgate slower cars to force them aside. Don't weave in and out of traffic.

Be vigilant. The likeliest spot to get nabbed on the highway is just beyond a blind curve or the crest of a hill, the best hiding places for patrol. Learn to recognize likely traps, and reduce your speed whenever possible.

Remember that police officers can nab speeders from virtually any position, the rear, front, the side or even from aircraft. Be on the lookout at all times. An unwanted car on the side of the road with its trunk open is especially suspect. ( A radar device may be inside).

Fight back. Radar guns can be foiled occasionally. What to do: position your car close to other cars whenever possible. Police officers generally cannot match you with the speed indicated on their guns unless they have an unobstructed view of your car. In most states, motorists also can make use of radar early enough to slow down before the police officers can get a good reading. If you do a lot of driving, a detector is a sensible investment if it is legal in your area.


Finally, be honest about your reasons for speeding. Pull over, when you are told to, keep your hands on the steering wheel and be courteous and respectful to the officers.