The dreaded traffic violation- what a way to ruin a nice ride! With the chirp of the siren and the blinking lights, your heart rate quickens and you slow, hoping the police officer will pass you by. Unfortunately, however, it soon become clear that you are the target of this stop. Here are a few effective tips to avoid a ticket on your next ride, traffic stop or not.
- Obey the law! Avoid racing, traveling at high speeds, maneuvering dangerously between vehicles, and generally bringing attention to yourself. Don’t race through traffic or ride down emergency lanes. Keep a low profile and avoid getting pulled over!
- Stay on your bike. If you are pulled over, remain on your bike. Do not get off and walk toward the police officer. Keep in mind, such behavior can be viewed as an attempt to be hostile or even go for a weapon. Keep your hands on the handlebars and wait patiently for the officer to approach you.
- Do not argue or become resistant. As bikers, sometimes we face discrimination. But most police officers are truly just doing their job. Instead of arguing, allow the police officer to explain why he stopped you. You don’t have to admit responsibility to be respectful. Be polite and courteous, and you may just get away with a warning.
- Go to court. Yes, it’s easy to drop a check in the mail and pay for the ticket. But by going to court you may be able to go to traffic school instead of a ticket, or even get off with a lesser charge. You can potentially save both money and points on your license. If you were respectful when you were pulled over, the officer may even go to bat in your defense. And yes, they do remember these things!
Next time you hear a siren, don’t freak out- remember that police officers are people, too, and most will treat you with the respect that you deserve. Maintain your composure and you just may get away with a warning!
As bikers and attorneys, we believe that riding safely is paramount! Exercise caution, obey the law, and if you are injured in a motorcycle accident, contact Kass & Moses!