Driver Safety That Keeps You And Others Safe

You’re driving along, it’s late, and all you want to do is get home. So, thinking you will be just fine, you step on the gas a little going through a residential area. Next thing you know, those all-too familiar blinking lights turn on, and a vehicle pulls out of a side street you must have missed. You’re being pulled over-again. Just like anyone else, you probably sigh, turn down the radio, and think about how stupid you were for going a little over the speed limit.

That same old awkward conversation begins again with the officer at your window. He asks you if you know why he pulled you over. You roll your eyes and apologize for going faster than you should have. He asks for your license and registration, and you do your best to organize the contents of your glove box. Instead of simply hating the law enforcement for handing you a ticket with a fine attached, it may do you well to realize why it is that they pulled you over. Is it because they look for little red sports cars near the end of the month just to fill their quota of ticket-giving? Not likely.

Police officers assigned to patrol different areas of the city do so to enforce those rules and regulations that will keep you and your neighborhood safe from dangerous situations. While they can not prevent every accident from happening, they do what they can, and writing speeding tickets may very well be part of that. In fact, when the weather starts getting colder, and you’re driving in a dimly lit area of the city, you might find yourself in this position even more than you would at other times of the year.

That may be for several different reasons. Police officers wait in those places where people are prone to speed. That way, they can catch you, essentially teach you a lesson, and slowly turn that speed trap into a safe place for the residents, animals, and drivers who frequent those roads.

It’s really for your own safety. As winter comes on, deer and other animals may wander down from the mountain slopes to search for food in people’s backyards. More often than not, you may find them also wandering across that very road you were speeding on. As some officers might explain to you, the damage a deer can do to your car is bad enough at 25 miles an hour. Imagine what it would be if you were going 15 or so miles over the speed limit. And so, the officer either gives you a stern warning, or hands you that infamous slip of paper that is the order for a fine, due to your lax treatment of the speeding regulations in that area.

So take advantage of the “warnings” already given to you in the form of road signs, drivers’ education, and common sense. And should the situation arise that you do get pulled over, don’t blame your bad luck on the officer at your car window. It’s just for your own safety.

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