Wednesday, February 23, 2011

In the name of the law

"I can't believe I got pulled over.  Why aren't they out catching real criminals?"  How many times have you heard that.  Someone is always complaining about their cities' "finest".  I will admit that some of the police officers I have had the pleasure of spending time with, have a certain attitude that many of us find......over the top.  (whew.  I was struggling with that one ;-D) 

However, would you want a day with no police officers.  I didn't think so.  Once again, our society has the " not me, them" attitude.  "We are doing nothing wrong.  Go catch the evil-doers who are."  If you have a set of rules and you break one rule, the you are a rule breaker by definition.  The same if you break ten rules.  So, you are probably asking, "Where is he going with this today?"

Well boys and girls today's lesson is on "Speed Limits."  Can you say "Speed Limits?"   Good.  I knew you could.  Speed limits are set for our protection. Imagine driving on the interstate highway with no speed limit.  The same goes for in town driving.  I think many people believe that they set speed limits just to keep from completing their day's task in the appropriate time frames they deem fit.   They cut from lane to lane, back and forth, only to arrive at the same stop light you arrive at six seconds later.  Another thing that seems to happen is that we speed up to catch the cars in front of us. Then we drive through town looking like we're in rank. This keeps cars from being able to turn out unto the street from which this is taking place.  So now, not only are you speeding because your selfish and your time is so much more important than every one else's, you are also impeding others from turning out.   Speed limits are set so that traffic moves as best as it can, from all points.  Not just the one to which you are going.

Breaking the speed limit is breaking the law.  Whether it be one mile per hour over or ten miles per hour over, it is still speeding.  The speed limit is the maximum speed.  How about driving five miles per hour under the speed limit?  Yeah right, like that will ever happen. 

These jerks on the interstate going 100 mph need to have a $10,000 fine and their license taken away for two years.  And I'm not even going to start on the ones who, instead of getting in line at construction zones just blow past everyone trying to get as far a they can because once again they're so much more important than the rest of us.  Oh that steams me.

While a lot of our speeding tickets are received because we aren't paying attention, it is still breaking the law.  Pay your fine, thank the officer(and mean it), and go on with life.  We should all be happy that these men and women are out there because without them we wouldn't be able to go out at all.

This was what was on my mind today.

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