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Good manners can make up for a lead foot

NBC NEWSCHANNEL - Getting stopped for speeding is something many people have endured, but there are some things you can do to get out of a ticket.

Connecticut State trooper Zack Abbey was on the hunt for drivers breaking the law recently.

He said he was not looking for people speeding with the flow of traffic. Instead, he said, he was looking for those going faster.

On Interstate 91 he stopped a driver who was driving 84 miles per hour.

The ticket was for $294.

"Quite frankly, our troopers are looking for the reckless operator," Lt. Paul Vance of Connecticut State Police said.

If you do get stopped, what you say or do will not affect whether you get a ticket, police said.

They said you cannot talk your way out of a ticket.

Others people said that's not the case.

"I wouldn't say anything. I would be OK, I'll pay for it," Ozan Sam of Hartford said.

"I cried and told him it was my graduation day," Celeste Smith of West Hartford said.

Vance said there is one easy way to avoid getting a ticket.

"Simple. Straightforward. Obey the speed limit," Vance said.

Vance said the only excuses that work with troopers are medical emergencies.

"An issue like that would be probably a warning. Don't do it again. It's dangerous," Vance said. "But, for the most part, you're not going to talk a trooper out of a ticket."

Defense attorney Ira Mayo helps people fight tickets and said it's easier to get off with a warning from town police rather than state troopers.

One piece of advice he gives is to always be polite.

"Not only is the police officer giving you a ticket, but they also write on the ticket when they turn it over to the court what your demeanor was and your disposition while dealing with you,” Mayo said.

Don't argue with the officer, Mayo said. Don't be sarcastic by asking "What's the problem?" or "What's your quota?" he said.

And don't admit guilt.

"If they ask you why they pulled you over, a lot of times you're better off saying, ‘No, officer, I don't. I apologize. Could you explain it to me?’" Mayo said.

Being an organ donor might even help.

"They will take that into consideration," Mayo said.

If you do get pulled over and get a ticket, attorneys said you should go to court.

Once there, make sure you don't question the officer's integrity.

"Chances are good it will be tossed out or at least lowered, or (you’ll be able to make) a charitable donation in lieu of getting the ticket," Mayo said.

An analysis of speeding tickets issued last year in Connecticut shows nearly half the drivers who were given a choice of paying a ticket by mail or going to court paid the fine by mail.

Records show about 41,000 drivers appeared in court.

About half ended up with a conviction and about 30 percent walked away without one.

To avoid the having to make the choice, it's best to hit the brakes and not break the law.

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