Why I Drive Slowly

Drive Slowly

I love cars, and I love going fast in cars, but I drive slowly these days. I did not always drive slowly, and I have been pulled over by police for speeding a number of times during my life. Many times I have received warnings because I know how to act during a traffic stop and I’m not a jerk to the officer, but sometimes I still received tickets. And a couple times, things could have gone much worse than just getting a ticket.

For example, I was once detained on the side of the highway in the middle of nowhere when I did not consent to a search of my vehicle. The officer claimed he was making me wait for a drug dog (it is now illegal to make a driver wait for a drug dog). He eventually let me go on my way, but it was still stressful to me. Not because I had drugs, but because I was concerned the cop was going to violate me or my rights. We come across so many stories of police officers administering a beatdown when a driver does not consent to a search or otherwise fails to respect the cop’s authority.

I drive slowly because I simply do not want to interact with police. I do not want to take the risk being issued a ticket, or being beaten, or getting shot. I try not to call attention to myself on the road. I don’t weave in and out of traffic. I am never the fastest car on the road. I drive a gray station wagon. I don’t have a loud exhaust that makes everyone within 2 blocks look to see where that sound is coming from. If a police officer ends up behind me, I turn at my first opportunity because that cop is looking for any reason to pull me over – expired plate, burned out taillight, license suspension from a photo radar ticket I never knew about, etc. I am particularly aware of avoiding a criminal speed violation (exceeding the speed limit by more than 20 mph, or exceeding 85 mph regardless of the speed limit – one of the most common violations we see).

Sure, if a cop wants to pull you over, he will find a reason, but why make yourself an easy target by speeding or otherwise sticking out from all of the other drivers? Further, speeding does not really save any time. I often use google maps navigation when I drive now. If you are familiar with this app, you know it tells you your approximate arrival time. Google is remarkably good at predicting your arrival time, and how fast you drive makes little to no difference in the arrival time. That extra 5 or 10 mph will only save you seconds on your commute, if that.

Drive slowly, don’t get a ticket, don’t have to hire a lawyer, and don’t have to interact with the police.

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