It is a misconception that driving just a little over the speed limit will keep you from getting a ticket. Any level of speeding can result in a ticket. Driving too slow can, too. It’s important to understand your state's laws for speeding and speed limits. But, when are you likely to have the police pull you over?
When Can a Police Officer Pull You Over?
The laws of your state may differ. In most situations, law enforcement can pull you over anytime they believe you are operating the vehicle in an unsafe way. It may be surprising when this occurs. Here are some examples.
- You are driving over the speed limit. It does not matter if this is 1 mile over or 20. You can get a moving violation for any level of speeding.
- You are driving too slow. Driving significantly under the speed limit can be worrisome as well. It puts you and other drivers at risk and disrupts the flow of traffic. If you need to drive slowly, move to the right lane. Put on your flashers.
- Driving the speed limit in difficult conditions. If it is raining, very wet, snowing, or the conditions are bad for other reasons, and you do not slow down, you can get a ticket. You'll also likely have a requirement to use your headlights at these times.
What Can You Do to Avoid This?
Speeding of any type is a moving violation. This can cause your auto insurance rates to climb. It can also mean you are likely to face points on your license. Over time, this may mean you lose your driving privileges.
Instead of these risks, learn to drive at the speed limit. Slow down when conditions are difficult. And, if you do not feel it is safe to operate your vehicle, pull over. Never assume you can go a few miles over the limit and get away with it. Police officers may not pull you over every time, but it does not take much to cause a ticket.
If you have moving violations on your ticket, it can increase your car insurance rates. You may be able to work with your auto insurance agent on this. They may be able to help you with a safety driving course. Your local department of motor vehicles may offer help, too. If you are driving a route you are not familiar with, be sure to pay closer attention to speed limit signs.