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Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Excess Signs & Speeding Fines

Welcome to Fran, my new follower :)

In the post this morning was a white envelope containing a green coloured speeding fine ticket. OMG! I have been driving since I was 19 years old and have always taken care to drive safely. I have never had one before and my heart sank.  I had been snapped by a speed camera :/

Now on this particular stretch of road the speed restrictions go from 60 to 50 to 30 to 50 to 40 to 30 mph all within about a mile and a half.  I was caught doing 36...yes...36mph in a 30 mph zone.  Just a momentary lapse of concentration meant that I had forgotten the restriction was 30. As soon as I realised I took my foot off the accelerator but it was too late...Bu**er!  It seems I can either accept the £100 fine plus 3 points on my license or pay just £85 and take the Speed Awareness course, hardly a difficult choice, is it.  Let me say that I do not condone breaking the law in the slightest but when I think of the number of drivers, even over recent months, who have cut me up or tailgated me when I was observing the speed limit, or who have driven after drinking alcohol, it makes me quite cross.  This is clearly quite a notorious stretch of road as the offending camera has been set on fire on more than one occasion.  Oh well, the phrase "you did the crime now pay the fine" spring to mind...lol...

Has anyone else been ticketed lately? Please tell me I am not the only one to slip up in this way...

I feel totally discombobulated (what a lovely word) :-)

Stay safe everyone x

7 comments:

  1. Poor you, I have never had a ticket but about 3 years ago I was caught by the police with their speed guns I was doing 33 in a 30 mile an hour limit, they treated me like dirt but let me off.

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    1. It's always the ones who are usually careful but simply make a mistake who are caught, it seems. The perpetual law breakers carry on doing it :(

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  2. I've been driving without any "law-breaking" since 1975, but had a ticket in a similar situation early last year. I went on the awareness training and it was a useful day when all attendees were treated with respect and I learnt a lot.

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    1. Oh thank you, Frugal, that has put my mind at rest a little. I hate classroom situations at the best of times.

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  3. Hubby was caught 5 years ago, doing 36 on a stretch of road in Yorkshire that had just been changed from 40 to 30 - we live in Lancashire so weren't aware of the change, and we didn't notice the signs until it was too late - it was early on a Sunday morning,no traffic on the roads, and we thought we were just pootling back from a lovely weekend's camping trip. We soon found out that we were actually speeding, rather than being under the speed limit as we had thought. Going on the speed awareness course wasn't an option as it was in Yorkshire and they don't allow you to go on one where you live instead. I used to drive 1000 miles a month on my uni commute - the roads were similar to those you have described and there were limits of 30,40,50,60 and 70 ( dual carriageway that had a 70 limit at the time). The worst were the drivers who did 40 whatever the limit - holding up traffic on roads with few overtaking places and then speeding through the built up areas - they used to drive me mad!

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  4. Infuriating, isn't it, Scarlet. What a shame there were no courses in your area :(

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  5. I'm sorry to hear this - how annoying! Jx

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