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

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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?

AKissIsNotAContract Sun 09-Dec-12 20:49:27

YANBU, did you say that to him though?

blackeyedsusan Sun 09-Dec-12 20:52:35


hellhasnofurylikeahungrywoman Sun 09-Dec-12 20:56:29

YANBU, though there is a hardcore element who think speed limits don't apply to them because they are such fantastic drivers that they could stop on a sixpence if needs be.

larks35 Sun 09-Dec-12 20:57:25

Well obviously YANBU but I just don't understand why you put your thoughts across here to a bunch of strangers who will mostly agree with you, rather than post it on the facebook status of the twunt in question!

Fakebook Sun 09-Dec-12 20:58:21

Yanbu. I went on a speed awareness course in June this year blush. I'll never speed again, even if I'm in a rush. The man doing the course was really really good at his job and I left thinking the course should be compulsory for all newly passed drivers.

uptheamp Sun 09-Dec-12 21:00:09

i drive on motorways all the time and most people drive at around 100 mph in the fast lane. i do kind of think we should raise the limit a little, isn't is germany that has no limits?

Redbindy Sun 09-Dec-12 21:01:04

Only 95? Motorways are safe at well over that. My main drip is people stuck in the outside lane at 70. Decent cars are capable of being safely driven at 120 plus and should be allowed to do so.

NoKnidForABed Sun 09-Dec-12 21:06:51

Some motorways in Germany have no limit, but it's my understanding that more and more motorways now have a limit because statistics actually suggest that it's not as 'safe' as previously thought ...

BumpingFuglies Sun 09-Dec-12 21:07:41

Redbindy there are a mixture of cars on the road with various capabilities. If you think travelling at 120mph is safe ANYWHERE, frankly, you need help.

hellhasnofurylikeahungrywoman Sun 09-Dec-12 21:08:10

I thought our motorways were some of the safest in the world because of our speed limits, is that not the case? If we up our limits the goverment need to look long and hard at the condition of out motorways first as many are not fit to support faster limits. Yes, cars are safer than they've ever been but they are only one factor in the equation.

WinklyVersusTheZombies Sun 09-Dec-12 21:10:44

Decent cars are capable of being safely driven at 120 plus

Only when they have a decent driver behind the wheel, driving safely, which is so very rarely the case, and when almost everyone else is driving at 65 - 75mph, 120mph just cannot be safe.

Lifeissweet Sun 09-Dec-12 21:11:52

Not sure if we have a fb friend in common, OP, but I had a friend with exactly this status today - 95 mph and 3 points. Someone has posted 'only 95. You can do better than that!'

I'd be ashamed, frankly. I wouldn't be posting it on Facebook.

StickEmUp Sun 09-Dec-12 21:13:13

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

IfAtFirstUDontSucceed Sun 09-Dec-12 21:14:42

YANBU this really gets my goat.
There's a lad at work who's continually bragging about speeding, getting caught and getting away with it.
He also likes to brag about the fact that he once had his licence taken off him, and never wears his seatbelt - I mean WHY??? What is he trying to prove by not wearing his seatbelt, other than he's a complete knob!! angry

poorbuthappy Sun 09-Dec-12 21:15:00

I replied to a post about hidden speed cameras stating that actually if you don't speed then it doesn't matter if the bloody things are dressed up as magpies and placed every 2 metres down a road. Funnily enough the rantiness of the replies was deflated and it quietly went away.

I thought I was caught speeding the other day. And you know what? If I do get a ticket, then it was totally my fault because I wasn't concentrating so was doing more than 30mph. I will take the punishment because I was breaking the speed limit. I am a grown up who is responsible for her own actions.

FutTheShuckUp Sun 09-Dec-12 21:15:33

This is how pile ups occur.
People going over 70 would have far less chance to stop if a lorry was to jacknife/shed its load or any other accident that can easily occur happened on a motorway.

Redbindy Sun 09-Dec-12 21:16:32

StickEmup - outside lanes of motorways are for overtaking, not cruising. The highway code is quite clear on that.

uptheamp Sun 09-Dec-12 21:16:32

i do find the speed limit on the motorway a bit of a farce though as so many people blatently break it all the time

StickEmUp Sun 09-Dec-12 21:20:36

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

manicinsomniac Sun 09-Dec-12 21:21:00


I agree with Fakebook I had to do a speed awareness course recently and it was brilliant - I'm so much more aware of my driving skills in general and haven't speeded at all, anywhere, since. Really useful and informative stuff.

Redbindy Sun 09-Dec-12 21:26:03

StickEmup - I am well aware that I can overtake someone doing 60 in the middle lane. I then turn into the middle lane, if available, and not hog the outside lane at 70. Having said that, 120 is so much fun.

FutTheShuckUp Sun 09-Dec-12 21:28:23

Having said that, 120 is so much fun.

Maybe if you are a white van man/BMW wanker/boy racer type who needs to develop more grey matter...

Weissdorn Sun 09-Dec-12 21:28:39

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

BumpingFuglies Sun 09-Dec-12 21:30:17

It's all SO much FUN until someone dies. Yeah. Fucking hilarious.

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