From faking your own death to blaming phantom car thieves, we count seven unbelievable ways people tried to escape traffic tickets!
7 – Man Buys His Old Car Back to Prove He Didn’t Speed,
- Englishman Dale Lyle was the proud owner of a fourteen-year-old Honda Civic – a total rust bucket that was on its last legs.
- One day, he received a speeding ticket that claimed he’d been driving ninety-eight miles per hour in a seventy zone. Dale contested the offence, as his licence would be suspended if he was found guilty. A magistrate said he needed proof.
- Unfortunately, Dale had sold his Honda Civic before the ticket arrived, leaving him unable to get the proof. To proof he was in the right, he ended up buying his old car back for six hundred euros. He then hired a professional driver for another six hundred, who took the old bomb out onto a two-mile circuit track to speed-test it.
- Dale got the results he was looking for: he couldn’t have been going ninety-eight miles per hour because his shitbox Civic’s top speed was only eighty-five! He brought the evidence to the court and the ticket was withdrawn.
6 – Driver Blames Tickets on Imaginary Car Thieves,
- Mario Hili from the Australian suburb of Geelong was caught speeding and running red lights twenty times over thirteen years. Incredibly he never paid any fines and lost no points on his licence because police kept falling for his ridiculous excuses like they were banana peels in Mario Kart.
- All of his offences were caught by traffic cameras, but as soon as Mario received a ticket in the mail he’d report his car as stolen. However, his car would magically turn up again just before the police had a chance to investigate. With this method, he was able to blame all of his traffic offences on fictional car thieves. Somehow no one in the Victorian police force noticed this pattern or became suspicious.
- Of course, the run couldn’t last forever. On Mario’s twenty-first attempt he was finally caught. After dusting his car for prints, police determined that Mario’s story was bullshit as only his sneaky prints showed up. Foiled at last!
5 – Woman Fakes Own Death to Avoid Paying Tickets,
- After accumulating a nice collection of traffic infringement notices, Kimberly Du from Des Moines attempted to get out of paying them by using that timeless problem-solving solution: faking your own death.
- She wrote a letter to a county judge claiming that she wouldn’t be paying her fines today because she was, in fact, dead. The pièce de résistance was signing the letter with her mother’s name. She added one forged newspaper obituary notice and – voilà! – her fine was avoided. Well, at least for a month.
- On the one-month anniversary of her fake death, Kimberly was pulled over again. Refusing to believe she was a ghost, the cop saw through Kimberly’s antics and she was arrested.