At the NMA, we periodically get emails from people who have heard about a “foolproof system” for getting any traffic ticket dismissed and wonder if it’s legitimate. These kind of schemes never work, but people are always looking for a magic bullet.
This one in particular has proven popular over the years:
This advice was sent by a State Farm agent! This system has been tried and it works in every state. If you get a speeding ticket or went through a red light or whatever the case may be, and you’re going to get points on your license, this is a method to ensure that you DO NOT get the points.
When you get your fine, send in a check to pay for it. If the fine is $79.00 make the check out for $82.00 or some small amount over the fine. The system will then have to send you back a check for the difference, however here is the trick. DO NOT CASH THE REFUND CHECK! Throw it or file it away! Points are not assessed to your license until all financial transactions are complete. If you do not cash the check, then the transactions are NOT complete. The system has received its money and is satisfied and will no longer bother you. This information comes from an unmentionable computer company that sets up the standard databases used by every state.
Send this to everyone you know. You never know when they may need a break.
Do not send this to your friends and family.
The likely result of this attempt will be the state cashing the check and pocketing the difference. Even if they send you a refund check, it has no effect on whether or not points will be added to your license.