Speeding…or just going slowly but at the wrong speed :)

Here’s my question…. if you are doing 35mph on a main road, late at night, with no housing and no people around you, but somehow someone designated that a 30mph zone… is that speeding?  Is it worth getting a monetary fine, 3points on your license, and of course the consequential increase in your future car insurance costs?  I would say absolutely not. I’m probably not the first person to say so…

But here’s the thing. I believe there is only one good way to live, and that is to be accountable for everything you do. To live by the laws of the land, even when they are annoying, or to try to get them changed if you really feel strongly enough. To do what’s right in every situation – key word being ‘every’. And then to have faith that there is some kind of reward to living that way. Even if that reward is simply that you have a peace and confidence inside that you’re doing the best you can.

The reason i’m writing this is cos I got a speeding ticket from a hidden Speed camera. Ouch! So annoying!!!  And when i think through what it will cost me to have those extra 3points and the fine etc… I am so tempted to just say that it was someone else driving the car at the time of the 35mph infringement. Someone who in truth ‘could have been’ driving the car…but actually wasn’t.   And it would make life so much easier and cheaper, and in some way feel like a clever little rebellious act to get around a stupid law…

But I woke up this morning and it must have been on my mind because my first thought was a question: should i do the honest thing or the most convenient thing for me…and right there and then I decided I want to do the right thing. I know it’s kind of trivial, and some people have to make that kind of decision over life-changing dilemmas and serious events. A prime minister has to decide whether to send his nation’s troops to war…

But I reckon you develop the strength and faith to make those bigger ‘right’ decisions when you practice on small ones…which in their own irritating way can feel really difficult.  You make the harder choice, but the one which leaves your conscience 100% intact, and then you walk away a bit stronger in spirit.

So here’s what I’m going to do. I’m going to write to the head of traffic department issuing the ticket, admit wholeheartedly that it was me driving (because I know that it was!) and I’m going to explain why I’m being honest about being the one driving the vehicle…how I have only ever had one other speeding fine in 15years of driving, but that I fully recognise the need for Speed Control measures and thank the department for always being open to improving road safety and functionality of the road – which in the case of this particular camera may not need to be as low as 30mph…

…But also that I am going to pay the fine and serve the penalty and continue to enjoy the freedom and blessing of driving in a country with really good regulations, generally a very fair judicial system, and generally decent traffic enforcement cops.  Then I’ll say a little prayer and thank God that my biggest instinct is to do the right thing, not do the most clever thing…because the freedom and strength I feel from doing it that way round is worth all the cleverness in the world.

Drive safely folks…especially when a camera is watching you! 🙂

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