I have a pretty good driving record. In my 30 years of driving I’ve only had a couple of minor accidents, both of which occurred close to home, really close, like in the carport. And one teeny speeding fine nearly 12 years ago. I consider myself a responsible driver and think I’m a decent role model for my daughter who’s currently learning to drive.
Every now and then I let out a few choice words if a driver does something really stupid but mostly I’m pretty calm and placid. Except when it comes to one thing. Speed cameras. I call it revenue collecting and I think the people who sit inside the cars doing God knows what should go and get a real job, catch some real criminals.
So last week when I found a speeding fine in the mail I was unimpressed, to say the least. It wasn’t the sort of souvenir I wanted or needed from our recent trip to the Eyre Peninsula, an epic drive covering over more than 3500kilometres.
According to the infringement notice we were doing 72kmph in a 60 zone. And it was me who was driving that day. Yep, hands up, guilty. In my defence the speed limit in South Australia varies in an instant from 50 to 60 to 70kmph so you constantly have to be on your toes, which I generally am. But this time I missed it. I almost wish I’d been pulled over, so I could have at least spoken to the officer. Maybe tried one of these excuses:
No such luck. I got the ticket in the mail. And I have to cop it sweet, as they say here in Australia. I guess you do the crime, you pay the fine. But gee it hurts. $415. I can think of better ways to spend that sort of money.
But hey, life’s full of ups and downs, bumpy roads and fast tracks that sometimes lead us astray. It won’t put me off enjoying the traveling and the journey. Life is a big adventure and when you travel so much having bad days just makes us appreciate the good ones even more. I just have to slow down and appreciate it all, whatever comes my way.
Happy traveling everyone. Enjoy the journey and remember there are no paths that lead to wrong turns, only new experiences. Stay safe and enjoy it all, where-ever you’re going. Just remember to watch out for those rotten speed cameras.