Speed­ing driv­ers are gen­er­ally aware of their guilt

The Compass - - News - BY HARRY SUL­LI­VAN TRURO NEWS

TRURO, N.S. — After do­ing street pa­trol on and off for more than a decade with the Truro Po­lice Ser­vice, Const. James Browne has en­coun­tered more than his fair share of speed­ing driv­ers. And, in most cases, the driv­ers knew they were driv­ing too fast and don’t bother ar­gu­ing about it. “The ma­jor­ity are pretty ac­cept­ing of the con­se­quences and know what they did, ba­si­cally,” Browne said.

But out of the ap­prox­i­mately 40 driv­ers he stops in a given week, there will be two or three who try to deny it or ar­gue they should be given a warn­ing.

“I mean, there is the odd one that will prob­a­bly deny any­thing they ever did wrong,” he said. “Usu­ally the ones that are in de­nial or think they should get a warn­ing, they can es­ca­late pretty quick.” In such cases, Brown tries not to en­gage in the ar­gu­ment and re­minds the driv­ers they can take their case to court. “There’s a process and some­times they’re sat­is­fied with that,” he said. In sit­u­a­tions where a speed­ing mo­torist says they are deal­ing with a med­i­cal or fam­ily emer­gency, Brown said he ac­knowl­edges that while they have to get to where they are go­ing as fast as pos­si­ble, they also must do so safely. And then there are the cases of mo­torists who are us­ing their cell­phones while also driv­ing too fast. “You are ex­ceed­ing the posted speed limit and you are not even pay­ing at­ten­tion, ba­si­cally,” he said. Oc­ca­sion­ally, Browne will en­counter driv­ers who take their speed­ing to the ex­treme, in­clud­ing a re­cent mo­torist he clocked at more than 140 km/h in a 50 km/h zone. “But ob­vi­ously I wasn’t able to stop them,” he said. “I made an at­tempt, but that was about it. Too dan­ger­ous, not worth it re­ally.”

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