It’s Time to Stop Making Excuses for Speeding
FROM: Quinte Region Traffic Coalition October 24, 2017
(HASTINGS AND PRINCE EDWARD COUNTIES)
It’s time to stop the excuses for driving above the speed limit and put the safety of yourself and your loved ones first.
Drivers often rationalize the need for speed and give local officers these common five excuses after being pulled over for speeding:
- I’m late for work or for picking up my kids
- I need to use the bathroom
- I was keeping up with the flow of traffic
- I was passing a slower car
- I needed to get to an appointment
“While all these reasons might seem valid at the time,” says Constable Dave Ludington of Quinte West OPP, “the reality is, that saving a couple of seconds off your drive does not get you anywhere, but it can land you a ticket, cause a collision, or worse.”
To make the transition back to shorter days and a hectic schedule easier this October and to avoid the need for speed, follow these simple tips:
- Try not to overschedule your day
- Prepare as much as you can the night before (i.e. lunch, gym bag, children’s things)
- Plan for extra travel time and know your route
- Before heading out the door, check on road and weather conditions
- Leave for work or school five minutes earlier
The Quinte Region Traffic Coalition (QRTC) is encouraging drivers to try these tips, to avoid the risk of receiving a speeding ticket. For those who continue to speed, officers will be conducting enforcement across the region to ensure that drivers are following posted speed limits.
About the QRTC
The Quinte Region Traffic Coalition is a partnership of Hastings Prince Edward Public Health, Belleville Police Service, 21 Military Police Flight, CN Police Service, Tyendinaga Police Service, OPP SAVE Team, Napanee Highway Safety Division and the Bancroft, Central Hastings, Napanee, Prince Edward County, and Quinte West OPP Detachments. The QRTC aims to reduce the number of incidents resulting in injuries and deaths on roads, trails, and waterways in Hastings and Prince Edward Counties.