1) Be aware of your surroundings
A good driver should always pay attention and be aware of their surroundings for safety purposes, but keep in mind that the traffic may be slowing for a reason.
2) Know the law
In the State of Maryland speed cameras are allowed in school zones and construction zones. In both of these cases if you are traveling at a speed below 12 miles over the speed limit then the speed camera laws do not apply. The Maryland Statutes that cover speed cameras are Transportation Article 21-810 and Transportation Article 21-809.
3) Keep an eye on common areas
Police often will go back to areas where people are known for speeding. You should know where police will often set up speed traps on local streets and highways around your community. Make sure when traveling these areas that you are particularly cautious of your speed.
4) Keep your speed with the traffic.
To say that you were going the same speed as the rest of the traffic is not a legal defense to a speeding ticket, but if you are traveling the same speed as everyone else it is much more difficult to pick you out of everyone. If you are traveling in and out of lanes and passing people then you are a much larger target to be pulled over.
5) Don’t make admissions.
When pulled over by the police usually you do not want to make any admissions to the police about how fast you were going. If the officer believes that you were speeding then the officer should know how fast you were going. Your admission will only hurt you.
6) Pull over and be polite.
When you are being pulled over always make sure to pull your vehicle over in a safe manner and in an area where you and the police officer will not be in danger. Once pulled over it is important to put your vehicle and park and turn off the vehicle. Make sure the radio is off. Make sure to keep your seat belt on and put your hands out the window or directly on the steering wheel so that the officer can see them. Keep in mind the police officer has no idea who you are or what you might have in your vehicle. Once the officer comes to the vehicle make sure to respond politely. Sometimes just following the procedures in this step will get you off with a warning.
7) Fight your tickets in court.
In Maryland its important to fight your speeding tickets. If the officer has clocked you with radar then through subpoena we can request the records of the radar gun to see when it was calibrated to make sure it was working properly when you were clocked. Furthermore, if you request trial and the officer does not show up then you will be found not guilty. In addition, even if the officer does show up and has done everything correct you could go to court and earn a Probation Before Judgment, which is more commonly referred to as a PBJ. If you receive a PBJ then it will keep you from getting any points on your driving record, which will keep your insurance from increasing.