Vancouver, British Columbia – Finding excuses for speeding won’t work with police officers, who have heard it all before, according to the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC). The corporation asked police across the province to share the top excuses for speeding and why they won’t help.
I’m late for class/work/court. “My boss will fire me” or “my teacher will fail me” won’t work either. Be more realistic, plan your route, and allow yourself extra time. Traffic, construction, bad weather and crashes can cause delays, so if you’re going to be later than you expected, take a deep breath and accept the delay.
I didn’t know I was going that fast. Normally, your speedometer doesn’t lie, but remember to check it once in a while. Unsafe speed is one of the most frequently-cited contributing factors in police-reported car crashes.
I didn’t know the speed limit. The provincial and municipal governments ensure speed limits are clearly posted along highways and city roads. Under the Motor Vehicle Act, the basic speed limits are 80 km/h outside municipalities, and 50 km/h within municipalities.
I was passing a dangerous/bad/slow driver. Weaving in and out of traffic is one of the top five high-risk behaviours that cause car crashes. Give other drivers the benefit of the doubt and keep your distance.
My car doesn’t go that fast. Unless you’re driving a low-speed vehicle like a moped or scooter, your car can go as fast as 160 km/h. A Swedish study showed that dropping your speed by five per cent reduces your crash risk by 14 to 20 per cent.
I was just keeping up with traffic. Drivers aren’t like cattle in a herd. It’s important to keep up with the flow of traffic, but do so within the posted speed limit. If another driver is too close, safely move out of the way and let the vehicle pass.
I was only going 10 km/h over the speed limit and that’s okay. Actually, if you speed up to 20 km/h over the limit, you could get a $138 ticket. The faster you go, the longer it takes to stop. At 30 km/h, it takes 18 metres to come to a full stop, but at 80 km/h, it takes 76 metres.
I have to go to the bathroom. There are plenty of gas stations and rest stops along major roads and highways.
I was having an argument with my spouse and wasn’t paying attention. These are far better resolved outside the car. If you simply must resolve the debate, pull over and park, which is safer.
I’m sick and am going to the hospital/I’m about to give birth. You are not trained to drive like an emergency medical technician, police officer or firefighter. If you are that sick or about to give birth in the driver’s seat, call an ambulance.
ICBC warns that fines for speeding range from $138 to $483, and that drivers who have one or more excessive speeding convictions will pay a driver risk premium.