Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Less Haste, Less Speed

Last year I made a New Year's Resolution to stop being late. Needless to say, I broke that resolution the first time I was due to be somewhere at a certain time. I am totally rubbish. It's not that I do it on purpose, but I always, always underestimate just how long it will take me to get somewhere and overestimate the number of things I can do before I need to leave to get to where I'm going for the set time. If you get what I mean.

Just before Christmas I was due to meet my dear friend Rachel for lunch. And, guess what? I was running late. It would be true to say, therefore, that I drove a little faster than I should have in an attempt to not be late.

And, guess what? I got clocked by a speed camera and now I have to do this:


The first time I've ever been caught speeding in nearly 25 years of driving. It was a fair cop. I won't do it again. And I'm REALLY not looking forward to going on the Speed Awareness Course :( Still, on the bright side, I don't have to pay a fine (although I do have to pay for the pleasure of going on the course...), nor will I get any points on my licence. I did consider paying the fine and accepting the points, but I didn't know how much it might affect my insurance premiums.

Perhaps I need to resurrect my old New Year's Resolution to not be late and make more of an effort to set off in plenty of time next time I need to be somewhere.

9 comments:

  1. Oh poor you, an expensive course too! I've done one and had to stop on the way to the course venue to phone them as I was running late!

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    1. Ha! Running late for the course is probably what I'll end up going too!

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  2. Ugh! As a very young driver (I still only had my permit and had to have an adult with me---my older sister) I got a ticket and had to go to traffic court, I was terrified to tell my parents. They were pretty good about it, I had to attend one session of traffic school, but no fine.
    Good luck.

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    1. I'm glad to hear I'm not the only one!

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  3. I'm the same - always trying to do a few too many things before I leave. I don't much like waiting around, so I'm always cutting it really fine.

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  4. Whoops. My car won't go fast enough to be caught speeding lol.

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  5. Ugh! I know just how you feel. I took a shortcut, at a little less than the posted speed limit, and ended up with a ticket - haven't had one in over 20 years. Ouch, they are pricey!

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  6. Sorry, that should say, a little MORE than the posted speed limit!

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