How to make it more likely you’ll get a warning, not a ticket

HOV violators have been known to talk their way out of tickets. (WTOP/Kristi King)

Kristi King,

WASHINGTON – Drivers hate to see insurance premiums rise, but there may be ways for drivers to talk their way out of tickets. has advice for how to beat a moving violation ticket and make it more likely an officer will instead issue a warning, reports.

The tips include pulling over quickly, turning on the vehicle’s interior lights, keeping hands in sight, being polite and not offering lame excuses that might aggravate an officer who’s heard too many of them before.

Keep answers brief. Legal experts recommend not admitting guilt.

The National Motorists Association says drivers who do get ticketed should consider going to court. It estimates only 5 percent of drivers do that, but nearly all who do either get tickets dismissed or penalties reduced.

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