Five Traffic Ticket Myths Busted!

February 12, 2010

I've heard (and even told) plenty of "facts" about giving and getting traffic tickets. Like any other legal matters, there are plenty of urban legends surrounding the truth. Here are five you shouldn't believe.

1 - The Radar Gun

This is probably the myth this writer has heard the most when it comes to traffic tickets. I'd bet you've heard it too. It goes something like this: a driver has the right to see the reading (and even calibration documentation) from a police officer's radar equipment. In fact, the one and only time (fingers crossed) that I've been pulled over for speeding, the officer actually offered to show me the calibration data. So, needless to say, I was pretty convinced of the truth behind this one.

Busted! There is no law requiring any law enforcement officer to show a driver the reading on his or her radar gun.

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2 - Refusing The Breathalyzer

I'm proud to say I've never had to face a Breathalyzer test, but I've certainly heard plenty of stories of intoxicated individuals refusing to take it. This is a strategy used to avoid a DUI, but it's origins are not based on actual laws.

Busted! Refusing to comply with this test can, and probably will get you in trouble, so it's really not a good move.

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