How about a follow-up with a dose of reality?
Last issue (Sep. 12, 2009) you wrote, “Preying on the weak…It is 7:57 a.m., and now I have been pulled over for speeding on View High Drive on my way to class.”
You know that in reality, it is your own fault!
Accountability is a precious commodity that is taught by every school, and we are introduced to the concept in kindergarten and first grade! We were taught that there is a time and place for each event, and not very much leeway is given. Recess, lunch, and the end of the school day were each at the exact same time, as we breathlessly anticipated the exact moment that the bell would ring.
IN THE REAL WORLD, we are encouraged to be on time. An employer will give you your schedule and you will be expected to be on time each day to work. I do not expect to be allowed to keep a job if I cannot be on time each day. Let’s all get REAL! If I desire to be on time every day, then a little planning is in order. I may get stuck in traffic on any given day, so I must allow extra time each day to cover that contingency instead changing into PANIC mode (because the traffic slowed me down today). The WORST thing that could happen is that I might get a reputation for always being on time.
I have noticed that the odds of getting to class on time is poor if I ARRIVE on campus at 7:55 a.m. for an 8:00 a.m. class … because I expect that I will spend a minimum of
10 minutes finding a parking spot, parking, and I will need an additional 5-10 minutes to walk to my class. It sure seems easy to blame the police … but consider THE IDIOT that attempts (usually successfully) to merge into the right lane at 3rd St. and View High Drive at the last possible moment, swerving brazenly into the right lane and cutting off those that chose to get into the lane to wait their turn. I place this kind of inconsiderate driver into the very same category as those who ‘speed’ up View High Drive – in both cases, a little consideration and planning goes a long way. Maybe the police can move to that area and ticket for aggressive driving or WORSE.
REALITY is that we have rules of the road in place for everyone’s safety. “Barely pushing the limits (September 12, 2008, Opinion page) still equates to breaking the rules. Whether or not you like the rules, I personally have never gotten ticketed for obeying the posted speed limit. I don’t have to worry about having points assessed against my license. I do not have to think about hiring a lawyer to help me out in court (at additional personal cost). I note that the “average” driver on View High Drive, regardless of the time of day, exceeds the posted speed limit – that’s why the police set up the speed ‘traps’.
For me (and for most of us), the bottom line is this: If I get ticketed three times for speeding, on the same road, at a minimum cost of $115 per ticket (plus the increase in my insurance rates), I’d certainly consider altering my habit of speeding and my schedule instead of continuing to get fined (and eventually losing my driving privileges) and be late for class or work.
By the way, I have never been ticketed for speeding. Following the speed limit works every time it’s tried.