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Why Speeding in Neighborhoods is a No-No

Do you feel like you are always running late? If you are, you probably speed more than you would like to admit. Yes, where you are going is undoubtedly important. However, it is important that you abide by the speeding laws, especially when driving through your neighborhood. Of course you know that speeding laws exist to keep you and other drivers safe while on the road, but when you are driving in neighborhoods there is more to the equation.

But the speed limits are so slow in neighborhoods!

Yes, they are, for a reason. Think about it, how many times when you are driving through your neighborhood do you see other people out walking or running. Perhaps they are taking their dog for a walk. Maybe they are playing catch with their kids in the front yard. These happenings are what add charm to a neighborhood, but they also make it extremely important that you follow the speed limit. Most speed limits in neighborhoods are between 20-30 miles per hour. At this speed, you are going slowly enough that you are able to actively be on the defense so that you can efficiently react if need be.

For example, let’s say that the parent playing catch with his child accidentally overthrows the ball, causing his child to chase after it without even thinking to check for cars. What if the dog going on a walk breaks free from his leash and makes a run for it. These are all things that happen in neighborhoods across the country every day.

But I’m going to be late!

Even if you are running late, it is important that you follow the ever-so-slow speed limits in your neighborhood. If you have to speed (which we don’t recommend) wait until you are on the freeway. Chances are that your family likes to spend time outdoors, too, and you probably expect the drivers to drive slowly when you are the ones outside.

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What? Me? I wasn’t speeding! The classic excuses cops hear…

When you get pulled over for speeding, the first thing you probably think is, “Darn it, I got caught!” While you wait for the cop to arrive at your window, it is time to start doing some thinking. What approach are you going to take? Should you choose the “honesty is the best policy” approach, or should you try out your acting skills and see if you can create an excuse worthy of an Emmy?

If you are going to try your hand at an excuse, proceed with caution. If it is obvious that you are lying, you may very well have talked yourself into a ticket. On the other hand, if you can pull it off, you can save yourself the hassle and money associated with a speeding ticket. Here are some of the most common excuses cops hear to help get your creative juices flowing. Some of them will work better than others.

“I didn’t realize I was speeding.”

Okay, sometimes this is actually the truth, but it is your responsibility as a driver to be aware of how fast you are going. And if you want to blame a faulty odometer, think again. You might also get a ticket for defective equipment.

“I am really late to pick up my kid (or to a doctor’s appointment, or to work, etc.).”

If you are late to something really important, the cop may sympathize with you; however, most of the time this excuse won’t get you very far.

“My wife (daughter, girlfriend) is in labor.”

This one works the best if you have your actual wife, daughter, or girlfriend with you and she is in the late stages of her pregnancy. Otherwise, if you can act nervous while staying polite the cop may just believe you.

“I am mentally distracted.”

This excuse is only for the seasoned actor. However, if done correctly, it has the best chance to get you out of a ticket. For this excuse to be the most effective you need to think of a legitimate reason that your brain was so distracted that you couldn’t focus on your speed. Perhaps you just learned of a terminal illness that you are facing. Maybe you just got news that your grandfather passed away. If you can create watery eyes and a lump in your throat this excuse may just work. Then you will just have your conscience to deal with.

Everyone speeds at one time or another, and if you can get out of a ticket, more power to you. However, you should always keep your safety and the safety of others in mind. There are speeding laws for a reason. You should make speeding the exception and not the rule.