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How You Can Avoid Speeding Tickets on Summer Vacation

BOSTON (TheStreet) -- Summer vacationers make ideal targets for traffic cops in resort areas, as tourists are typically anxious to get where they're going, unfamiliar with local speed traps and too far from home to challenge tickets in court.

"It's an unspoken rule [in vacation spots] that cops are directed by their supervisors to say: 'Hey, let's take advantage of this long weekend and write a lot of tickets,'" says Mark Schraeder of TheTrafficTicketAttorneys.com, a Los Angeles firm that specializes in fighting speeding tickets.

While the best way to avoid fines is to simply obey all traffic laws, Schraeder and other experts say vacationers who feel the need to speed can minimize tickets by taking a few simple steps. The key is to make sure your car doesn't stand out of the crowd if you pass a cop, who can only pull over so many vehicles in a given shift.

"You don't want to do anything that's going to draw attention to your vehicle," says Michael Klijian, a senior partner at the firm. "The more you stick out, the more you're going to be a target."

Here are four things the experts suggest you do this summer to minimize the chance of coming home with a speeding ticket to accompany your tan:

Research local ticketing practices
Do an online search for "speeding laws by state" before you leave home so you'll know if your trip includes driving through states or counties known for intensive traffic enforcement.

Klijian says you should assume that states you find assess heavy fines or "points" for speeding also ticket motorists aggressively, so you should plan to drive carefully while there.

"I wouldn't go so far as to alter your route to avoid those areas, but you should have a heightened awareness in states that are notorious for writing [tickets]," he says.

Another tip: if a couple is traveling together and one person typically speeds more than the other, split up driving duties so the safer operator is behind the wheel when you're in high-enforcement areas.

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