Hats off to CNN/AOL for offering tips on how to avoid conversations with the local LEO

([replacer_a]) -- People who get speeding tickets are often guilty of more than simply driving faster than the posted limit.

Want to avoid a meeting with this guy? Do not change lanes frequently, tailgate or otherwise drive aggressively.

Their chief offense? It's getting noticed in the first place. That's the first domino to fall in the ugly chain of events that leads to a piece of "payin' paper."

Here are some common sense ways to run under a cop's radar -- literally:

Drive within 5-10 mph of surrounding traffic

Cops are usually looking for drivers who are going noticeably faster than the other cars on the road. If you're within a pack of cars all going 5 to 10 mph over the limit, you've automatically improved your odds of not being the one that gets pulled over for a speeding ticket, even though you're all technically speeding.

The cop has to pick one car; if you go with the flow of traffic, it probably won't be you. And it definitely won't be you if you don't speed in the first place.
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