I. Pre-Listening Exercises [Top]

What are common traffic violations and how do they threaten public safety (for example, following cars too closely, or tailgating, can result in rear end collisions if the car if front of you stops suddenly)?

HELPFUL TIP: Be aware of the speed limits for different areas in your city and area even if the limits are not posted. Ignorance is no excuse when you are tying to fight a speeding ticket.

II. Listening Exercises [Top]

I. Listen to the conversation by pressing the “Play Audio” button and answer the questions. Press the “Final Score” button to check your quiz.

1. What law did the driver break in the school zone?

A. He didn’t yield to children crossing the road.

B. He parked illegally near the school.

C. He exceeded the speed limit.
2. What happened at the intersection?

A. The driver didn’t use his turn signals.

B. The driver didn’t come to a complete stop.

C. The driver failed to yield to other drivers.

3. What does the police officer tell the man about his driver’s license?

A. The license is no longer valid.

B. The driver is using someone else’s license.

C. The license is only good for 6 more months.

4. Why can be implied from the driver’s conversation about the officer’s name?

A. The driver plans to report the officer to his superiors.

B. The driver tells the officer that they have met before.

C. The driver hints that the officer could let him off.

5. What happens at the end of the conversation?

A. The driver gets a ticket.

B. The officer arrests the driver.

C. The driver is taken to court.

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Correct answers:

Police Officer: Okay. May I see your driver’s license please?
Driver: What? Did I do anything wrong?

Police Officer: License, please. And your car registration.

Driver: Oh, yeah. It’s here somewhere in the glove compartment. Yeah, here it is.

Police Officer: Sir, did you realize you were speeding in a school zone?

Driver: What? No, I didn’t, but that’s probably because my odometer is broken, I mean, malfunctioning.

Police Officer: Yes, you were going 50 miles per hour in a 20 miles per hour zone. And [What?] AND, you failed to come to a complete stop at the intersection back there.

Driver: Rolling stops don’t count?

Police Officer: And, one of your break lights is out, [Huh?], you’re not wearing a seat belt, AND your driver’s license expired six months ago.

Driver: And your name is . . . . Officer Smith? Hey, are you related to the Smiths in town? My wife’s cousin’s husband (I think his name is Fred) works for the police department here. Or was that the fire department. Anyway, I thought you might be good pals, and you know . . .

Police Officer: Hey, are you trying to influence an officer? I could have this car impounded right now because of these infractions.

Driver: No, of course not.

Police Officer: Okay, then. Here’s your ticket. You can either appear in court to pay the fine or mail it in. Have a nice day.

Driver: Do you take cash?.

Key Vocabulary [Top]
  • glove compartment (noun): a small space, usually on the dashboard of the car, used for storage)
    – People usually keep the car’s registration and other small items in the glove compartment.
  • zone (noun): area
    – You cannot park your car in this zone outside the airport.
  • odometer (noun): a meter that measures speed and distance traveled
    – Check your odometer. I think you’re speeding.
  • malfunction(verb): fail to perform properly
    – If any part of your car malfunctions during the warranty period, just take it back to the car dealership.
  • intersection (noun): the place where one or more roads cross each other
    – It looks like to traffic light at the intersection is malfunctioning and is not changing from stop to go.
  • pal (noun): a close friend
    – He went for a drive with some of his highschool pals.
  • impound (verb): to take or seize by legal authority
    – The police impounded the man’s car because it was involved in a crime.
  • infractions (noun): minor crimes or violations against the law
    – Because the man had been involved in numerous infractions with the law, he license was suspended for an entire year .
  • fine (noun): money that is paid as a penalty
    – She had to pay a one hundred dollar traffic fine for running a red light.