You really think that lame excuse about having to go pee is going to get the cop to let you off the hook? He hears that shit every day.
In fact, here’s a list of the most commonly used excuses when being pulled over, so if nothing else, you’ll know what not to say next time you see the flashing red & blues in the rear-view:
1. I couldn’t see the sign telling me not to do it: 20.4%
2. I’m lost and unfamiliar with the roads: 15.6%
3. I didn’t know it was broken: 12.4%
4. Everyone else was doing it: 6.4%
5. I’m having an emergency situation in my car. (spilled a hot drink on your lap, etc.): 5.4%
6. I missed my turn/exit: 4.8%
7. I had to go to the bathroom: 4.6%
8. I didn’t do anything dangerous: 4.2%
9. I was on my way to an emergency. (For example, to help someone who is ill or injured.): 4%
10. My GPS said it was the right thing to do: 2.2%
11. I’m just helping out; I wasn’t even supposed to be driving. (For example, your friend is drunk.): 2%
This survey was conducted by Insurance.com with a relatively small sample size (500 drivers) but it gets the point across: don’t make a lame, over-used excuse.
Be creative! If you’re going to BS, at least be good at it.
An even better idea: Be honest! I’ve heard from a few cops that they appreciate when someone is honest and have let them off with a warning as a result. As long as you follow the other rules (don’t argue, keep your hands in sight, call them “sir” or “ma’am,” etc) just admit your mistake and apologize.
Some of these, when in appropriate and honest context, like driving your friend home if drunk, or an obvious life-or-death emergency, etc may also be OK, but at that point a traffic ticket may be worth the cost anyway.
Men vs. Women
The study also separates how the different excuses were used between the two sexes. Men, for example, used the “I’m not supposed to be driving” excuse far more (90%) than women (10%).
Here are the results on how the two sexes tell it differently:
I’m lost and unfamiliar with the roads.
I didn’t know it was broken.
Everyone else was doing it.
I’m having an emergency situation in my car.
I missed my turn/exit.
I had to go to the bathroom.
I didn’t do anything dangerous.
I was on my way to an emergency.
My GPS said it was the right thing to do.
I’m just helping out. I wasn’t even supposed to be driving.
Have you ever used any of these excuses when you got caught? Be honest! Have you found any excuses that work better than others?
Share them in the comments, help us out!