To think it's not big or clever to be caught speeding?

(78 Posts)
SoftKittyWarmKitty Sun 09-Dec-12 20:48:15

Or indeed to be speeding at all, whether you're caught or not?

Prompted by someone on my FB (sorry!) who posted a status practically bragging that he'd been caught doing 95mph on the motorway but 'got away' with only 3 points. A good half a dozen people replied with comments along the lines of 'oh, you're so naughty' hmm and one posted to say that this bloke is lucky as when he'd been caught doing 105mph shock he was fined £400 odd quid. Somewhere in the middle of all this the OP admitted that he's already done a speed awareness course so must have been caught speeding previously. Clearly the course works then hmm.

Am I being unreasonable to think that being caught speeding isn't a fucking badge of honour?

"Surely Redbindy isn't for real? Why would anyone brag about doing something that increases the probability of killing someone else and perhaps theirself too?"

People do. Unfortunately I'm related to one sad

BrittaPerry Wed 16-Jan-13 22:47:46

I used to know someone who was generally accepted as the cars and driving expert of his friends. The group of friends all worked at various rural pubs in the kitchens. One had just got a new car, and asked his car expert friend, who had popped in for a pint, to take it for a spin, so he did.

He was driving on a route that he drove every day and hardly ever saw anyone else on the roads. He was driving well as far as he saw it, but fast - he was putting the car through its paces, after all. He was slightly tipsy, he had had about two pints, but had driven like that loads and felt ok.

A family car was on the same road, also going too fast. Mum, dad and two kids. The kids were messing about and wouldn't put their seatbelts on, the dad was driving and turned round to tell them off, straying on to the wrong side of the road for a couple of seconds.

At least thats what was guessed was happening inside the car. Nobody will ever know, because everyone died when the car expert whizzed round the corner, far too fast, into the family car going a bit too fast on the wrong side of the road.

I bet everyone thought they were a good driver. Individually, those things had happened countless times, but you never know when your bad driving behaviour will come up against someone elses bad driving behaviour.

SafetyBubble Wed 16-Jan-13 23:58:45

You need the full Highway Code stopping distance i.e. thinking plus braking .
At 70 mph this is nearly 100 metres and is a three second gap.

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