Ramblings of a Ringless Wife

Ringless Wife, Messy House, Cluttered Brain. All in a standard day.

June 15: Don’t drive faster than your guardian angel can fly!

on June 16, 2012

This morning, I had a rare, but immediately seized upon, chance to lecture my mother. I didn’t let this pass me and grabbed it by the balls.

My mum still lives in Myrtleford, which, as people who live there or have lived there know, has kangaroos, wallabies and wombats popping out of nowhere in the middle of the night as you’re driving along.

There is one road in particular, call the Snow Road (colloquially), that is well known for animals and cars colliding. Late at night, you only ever do the speed limit, if not less than it. Why? Because it’s friggin unsafe to drive irresponsibly on a road which has seen hundred of car accidents.

So, why did I get the chance to lecture Mum? Because the damn tool was booked last night, doing 117 KM/h in a 100KM/h zone. For my American readers, that equates to roughly 73 miles in a 60mile zone.

Now, I won’t lie to you. I have received speeding fines (and mine was significantly higher, since I was doing 129 in a 110 zone, on a highway) but I have never – NEVER – been so silly as to speed along a country road in the dead of night, especially one where there are animals that like to meet your car.

Before you start doing your “hypocrite” dance, I have accepted that I have made some dumb choices when it comes to driving. That may be why my Nanna Middo told me that I should drive at 30MilesPH (yes, she said miles) – but to drive so silly on a road and in conditions that are taught to us from a young age? Never done that shiz.

I get frustrated when people speed excessively, because I always wonder how fast their guardian angels can fly. Mine can fly at about 110km on a highway, and 100km on a rural road. It seems, somehow, that Mum’s had a can of RedBull last night and was keeping pace with her 117km.

Speeding drivers are one of the most dangerous things on the road – and realistically, may only save you a minute or two in getting to your destination. Why risk it?

On the occasions when I have been booked for speeding I have taken it on the chin, because if I wasn’t paying attention to my speedo then it’s my fault. And since I got my big fine for the highway booking, I haven’t had another one since. I learnt my lesson well. I don’t think Mum has – because she has gotten fines for doing a similar thing on the way home from Albury too. (Oh, yeah, I dobbed you in!)

Please, people, remember: Just because you feel invincible because you know the road, it doesn’t mean you are.

Doreen Jamjar vanGherkineater:
If you do this again, I WILL take your keys, and I WILL take you to see Mr. Dunell, and I WILL end this blog now before I get myself in trouble.

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8 responses to “June 15: Don’t drive faster than your guardian angel can fly!

  1. Mum says:

    You tool, made me smile though. It wasn’t late at night it was only bloody 9.30

  2. Mel says:

    On a freeway or private road, court, side road, dark animal ridden road etc etc, doesnt really matter, speeding is speeding, speeding is dangerous no matter what road you do it on or how many times youve been caught and regret doing it, i am lucky enough to never had a person close to me seriously injured in a car accident, but everytime another speeding fine comes in the mail for my fiance i rip strips through him, i also am not without fault i have had A speeding fine (only 1) and i have learnt my lesson, maybe some others should too, before they hurt or kill themselves or someone else!!!!

    • Kloi-Jayd says:

      I feel as long as you learn from your first speeding fine and don’t reoffend, then the price of the fine was well worth it. but people who consistently get them annoy me to no end!

  3. rina says:

    I got booked for speeding back in august last year,doing 136 on the highway, my excuse was honest and legitimate, my 9 month old niece had passed away in her sleep and I was trying to get my sister home to be with her family, I dont agree with speeding, but I will never judge someone else for doing so, as u never know what is awaiting them at the end of their journey. Thanks for your blog Kloi 🙂

    • Kloi-Jayd says:

      I think that there may be reasons where it is justified, for lack of a better word, but i always worry that sometimes our panic overtakes our senses.
      As a side note, did you know if you notify police of the why’s and wherewithals, they may offer you an escort or get your family home in extreme cases?
      Thanks for your comment, rina. I am sorry for your loss xxx

      • Rina says:

        Hey Kloi. yea we were halfway home from sydney near yass and all the police along the way were notified and we spoke to three police near Bookham, The policeman that pulled me over and booked me never believed what i said and then took his time.. i did try to appeal but it was rejected. I didnt have the energy to fight it in court…

      • Kloi-Jayd says:

        I know what you mean: sometimes, even when you know you’re right the amount of energy to fight evaporates… Especially in your case. It’s a shame that one officer could have saved a lot of trouble by a simple radio message to his LAC 😦

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