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Speeding tickets and other hazards of the road.

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I paid off two speeding tickets yesterday. Fortunately, they were camera-radar so didn’t cost me any points!

And here’s the rub. They were both within a week of eachother, from the same location on my drive into work every day.

I felt like I was living the story by Portia Nelson in her book, There’s a Hole in My Sidewalk: The Romance of Self-Discovery:

“I walk down the street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I fall in.
I am lost… I am helpless.
It isn’t my fault.
It takes forever to find a way out.

I walk down the same street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I pretend I don’t see it.
I fall in again.
I can’t believe I am in the same place.
But, it isn’t my fault.
It still takes me a long time to get out.

I walk down the same street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I see it is there.
I still fall in. It’s a habit.
My eyes are open.
I know where I am.
It is my fault. I get out immediately.

walk down the same street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I walk around it.

I walk down another street.”

Yesterday, I changed my route. Best to avoid those areas where I am prone to getting speeding tickets.

And yes, before you tell me I could have just chosen to slow down and obey the traffic signs, mostly I was. It’s just this is a really long zone. Okay?

I know it’simportant to heed the speed limit in playgrounds, I do. In this instance, it’s a playground zone near a subway station. I pass through it everyday and everyday I slow down, until the end of the zone which is a couple of blocks from the playground. Then I start to speed up. Unfortunately, I’ve been speeding up just before I exit the zone and the camera radar has been waiting.

I mentioned it’s a long zone, right? Like three blocks long. So it’s not really my fault.  (just kidding). I know it is.

The rules of the road are there to be followed. Not following them comes with a consequence. In this case, a couple hundred dollars in speeding fines.

And yes, some rules do need to be broken. However, rules of the road, especially in those zones where children play, are important. And, when all it takes is a vehicle parked at the curb with a camera trained to pick up drivers speeding up before they reach the end of the zone, it’s important to stay conscious of my speed. Radar cameras are impartial, impassionate and indescriminate. They don’t really care that for the first 100 meters of the zone I did keep to the limit, especially right past the playground, or that I think the zone is way too long! They only care that I wasn’t driving at the limit in the part of the zone where they were watching.

See, we all have rules we break. Sometimes intentionally. Sometimes unintentionally.

For me, getting caught speeding in a playground zone, twice in one week, is a reminder to stay present. It highlights how often I drive without being truly conscious of what I’m doing. and that is even more dangerous than driving above the posted speed limit in a playground zone. (I wasn’t going that fast, honest.)

I paid my speeding tickets yesterday. It was a great reminder to pay attention to where I’m at in every moment of my day and to stay present to what I’m doing. And, while I may have changed my route to avoid the playground zone of my despair, I still need to be conscious of whatever route I’m on.

Namaste.

 

Author: Louise Gallagher

I believe in wonder. I believe we are all magnificent beings of divine beauty. I believe we can make a difference in this world, through every act, word, thought. I believe we create ripples with everything we do and say and want to inspire everyone to use their ripple to create a better world for everyone. I'm grateful you're here.

10 thoughts on “Speeding tickets and other hazards of the road.

  1. They are the worst

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  2. Can I pile on?

    Dear Granny Louise,

    Now imagine your grandchild is playing in that playground.

    Well, someone’s grandchild is.

    Slow down – go slow in ALL those playground zones and school zones, so everyone’s grandchild is safe. And so the driver behind you slows down too.

    And if that doesn’t work, ride your bike to work!

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  3. Oh boy, you were lucky, just two fines. Mark says it all and I will add one more. Every time I see the commercial with the woman behind the wheel, distracted and a young girl steps out onto the street. The vehicle’s anti-collision sensors cause the car to brake, child looks up and all is well. Two lessons – children walk out onto streets without looking both ways (so do a lot of adults btw), and distracted driving caused by anything. By speeding up before the end of the speed zone indicates you were “distracted” as in you were on a hurry to get somewhere. Studies show that by speeding up you may OR may not have gained about 45-90 seconds.
    My apologies for the lengthy rant and thanks for the reminder to be more mindful behind the wheel of a vehicle.

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    • Doesn’t feel like a rant Iwona. Fact is, driving to work is the most dangerous time for me to be distracted.

      Another fact…. these are two of the three speeding tickets I’ve had in my entire driving career! The other one, — someone else was driving my car. 🙂 Regardless, it was a good reminder to me to pay attention too! ❤

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  4. Anyone who swears they never ever speed are liars, because we all do at times, sometimes we don’t realise we have gone from a 60 zone to a 50 zone right away. All we as drivers can do is try to be aware

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  5. two speeding tickets – you just don’t strike me as the type!

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    • LOL! I’m not. these are two of three speeding tickets I’ve had in my entire life! All three were photo radar and one of my three was when someone else was driving my car. I’m putting it down to these days of transition — and my not being fully present in the moment! It was a great reminder to stay present! 🙂

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