- Publisher: Avon Books; English Language edition (October 1, 1991)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0380717336
- ISBN-13: 978-0380717330
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.8 x 6.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 17 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,032,425 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A Speeders Guide to Avoiding Tickets Paperback – October 1, 1991
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I noticed someone gave this book a bad review because the book tells you to lie. It does not. The author is very clear that law enforcement *expects* you to lie to them. They hear lies all day every day, and they're experts at seeing straight through them 99% of the time. The author simple says that IF you're going to lie, there's a right way and a wrong way to do it, and he gives hilarious examples. But he doesn't encourage it. (He doesn't even encourage speeding! He simply says that we all know you're going to do it anyway, and again shows that there's a right way and a wrong way to do it. But he says if you would simply stop speeding, that would be just fine with him!)
In fact, one of the things the author says in this book is that often simply telling the truth will get you out of the ticket, and that's what I do. I'm uncomfortable with lying anyway, plus I am generally thankful for law enforcement being out there doing a dangerous and underpaid job, and whenever I am pulled over I just admit guilt. "Yes, officer, I knew I was about 10 over. I'm just trying to drive smoothly out here and still be as safe as possible." Even though I'm admitting guilt, I have literally never gotten a ticket since reading this book (because I do everything else right as well; there's a lot more to it that just rolling over and confessing your crime.)
In fact, most times if I'm caught by surprise and I accidentally go past a cop doing 5 or 10 over, I don't even bother to slow down now. They've already clocked me; the only question is whether or not they find me interesting enough to stop, and most of the time, I'm just not that interesting to them. Interstate Troopers in particular are looking for "good" stops, meaning that they're actually getting a bad guy off the streets during a "routine traffic stop". Just giving a citizen a ticket for 10 over isn't going to be anything to brag about back at the barracks.
However, if I drive by a trap and they DO come after me, then that's where the game begins, and it's a game of RESPECT, not lies. This is where this book is such a gem. The author puts you in the shoes of the law enforcement officer, and teaches you how to make your particular traffic stop the easiest, most relaxing stop of that officer's day. By doing this, you earn the gratitude of that officer, because he didn't have to worry about getting shot, or hit by passing traffic, or dealing with some lying jerk that thinks he can outsmart the system.
That's why the book says "avoiding tickets", not "avoiding getting pulled over." It discusses both, but in short, I have been pulled over probably once every year or two since reading this book *many* years ago, and every single stop resulted in a warning, not a ticket. If law enforcement ever wants to write me a ticket instead of a warning, they will, but this book gives excellent advice on how to increase your odds of making them not want to paper you. Just because you've been stopped doesn't mean you're in for a ticket, and knowing how to handle yourself during the stop is 90% of the battle. This book tells you exactly---I mean, exactly---how to navigate the stop, starting with how to pull over. Yes, there's a right and a wrong way to do that as well.
If you read this book and follow its advice, it will make you a better driver and vastly decrease your chances of getting a ticket. I'm living proof.
His take was the same as mine, "actually some good advice". Most of which
many drivers are aware, but some insight into a cop's mind from which anyone
would benefit. Enough humor thrown in so as not to be a 'dry read'. ....and
Worth more than the cost by far.
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