Who should you blame when you get caught speeding?

Despite being in control of the car when caught speeding, it seems some drivers bend over backwards to avoid taking the blame. Picture: Adam McLean
Despite being in control of the car when caught speeding, it seems some drivers bend over backwards to avoid taking the blame. Picture: Adam McLean

When some motorists get caught speeding, it’s never their fault.

The fine arrives in the mail and they throw out all sorts of reasons why it’s unfair.

The camera is just a revenue-raiser, the cop was just trying to fill his quota, it’s stupid to have such a slow speed limit there, they picked on me because other people were going the same speed.

The finger gets pointed everywhere – except at the person behind the wheel.

Because it’s easier to blame everyone else rather than accept the responsibility that, yes, you were speeding and that may you’re not as good a driver as you like to think you are.

At the end of the day, it’s a pretty simple equation – if you don’t want to cop a fine, then don’t speed.

That’s an equation that gets ridiculed if someone brings it up – in large part because it places the blame at the foot of the speeder.

And, as we’ve already seen, speeders do whatever they can to avoid blaming themselves.

Even though, at the end of the day, they’re the only ones they can blame for breaking the speed limit.

It’s not as if the government is trying to trick people into speeding.

They don’t hide fixed speed cameras in out-of-the-way places so that unsuspecting motorists are surprised by them.

Oh no. They actually put up great big signs warning you that a speed camera is up ahead.

And part of that sign includes a reminder of the speed limit on that stretch of road.

It’s the same for mobile speed cameras – the operator has to place a sign around 50 metres behind the vehicle.

And they have to make sure the vans include signage that is easily visible.

And yet, somehow 25,492 Illawarra motorists missed those signs in the last financial year and got pinged.

Maybe this is the reason speeding motorists blame everyone else but themselves.

Because they feel so stupid for getting caught by a speed camera that they were warned in advance was there.

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