Speeding drivers are generally aware of their guilt
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.”