How to Avoid a California Speeding Ticket

65?! What's that about? And to top it off, speeding tickets in California can cost you a lot more than just the cost of the speeding ticket. These tickets can cost upwards of $300 and will put a point on your driving record as well. If you're lucky enough to not be caught in gridlock, a little awareness and finesse can keep that ticket from having your name on it.


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    Always be conscious and alert when operating a motor vehicle.
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    Be attentive to the speed limit sign-boards and the speed of the other cars. In case you miss a signboard try taking a clue from other vehicle's speed so that you don't overspeed unknowingly.
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    Notice the flow of the traffic. If your speed doesn't blend in the traffic, and if you're the one passing everyone else, you'll attract the attention of the traffic officer, even if everyone else is speeding too. Knowing your position is especially important in highway driving.
    • An easy place to pick up a traffic citation is right at the city or town limits and a school sign of any kind should be an automatic alarm-by habit.
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    In an unknown area pay attention to sudden changes in grade where your speed will increase going down a long hill or large vegetation in a wide median where police cars can hide easily. Bridges are often danger zones as well, so don't come off a bridge going more than 10 mph (16 km/h) faster than the limit.
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    Look to the side of the road as far ahead as possible and pay attention to what you're doing. Most speeding tickets result from lack of concentration and you will be surprised how often you can spot police cars ahead if you're watching. This will give you enough time to slow down before the policeman can determine that it was your vehicle he spotted on the radar.

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