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Speed freak

10 June 2014, 21:15

I used to be the kind of guy who upset people whist driving. You know, the guy who does 60 in a 60 zone, 80 in an 80 zone, and so on. I would usually, without fail, have had an impatient person tailgating me, desperately trying to get in front of me, even if I was in the left lane.

I have had comments with multiple thumb downs here on News24, because I was a stern believer that speeding was wrong and breaking the law, and made it known clearly on articles where guys were caught doing 200+ in a 120 zone. It was a very unpopular opinion, everyone always tried to justify their breaking the law by pointing at another wrong, like taxis and unworthy cars.

Well, no more! Recently, myself and a group of overseas friends made a trip to Jeffreys bay from Cape Town and back. We drove two cars, and on the way back I meticulously watched my speed, always kept within the limits, which I have to say, on such a long trip keeping a constant eye on your speedometer really adds to your fatigue.

Also, the trip took over eleven hours, as we left around 10 in the morning, and keeping to the limits meant catching Cape Town in peak traffic. The driver of the other car had no speed hang-ups like I do, and they made the trip back in around 8 hours, missing the most of peak traffic.

Low and behold my shock when I found that red envelope in my mail the other morning. I slipped up! They caught me on a long downhill close to Knysna, doing 93 in an 80 zone. I double checked with Google street view and indeed, most of the downhill is an 80 zone, before it changes to a 100 zone further down towards Cape Town.

I always let the accelerator go on the downhill, so the car speeds up a bit by itself. Surely they can’t expect us to lie on the brakes all the way down?

So I was caught, on a long downhill, with hills on both sides, no pedestrians, buildings or animals in this area, and with a lower than usual speed limit. This was thus a blatant attempt to make money, and my reward for driving slowly and carefully for 700 odd kilometres was to receive a fine, and get stuck in peak traffic after an already long commute.

To add insult to injury, my friend in the other car received no fines at all.

No, sorry mister law man. If this was an attempt to curb the speeding behaviour of motorists, I am afraid you failed. You have just lost one of the few remaining law-abiding motorists, I don’t give a tosh about my speed any more.

No more driving 60 all the time and getting punished with red light after red light, while the guys whizzing past me at 80+ gets rewarded with the green. I am now one of the people I used to get fed-up with, and getting so many green lights is just great.

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