Police hear all the excuses as to why people speed

20th March 2017 4:00 PM
Coffs Harbour highway patrol officer Snr Const.  Mark Whittaker at Korora.Photo: Trevor Veale / The Coffs Coast Advocate. Highway Patrol officers sure hear some random excuses from speeding drivers. TREVOR VEALE/ The

WE have all heard some of the classic lines that drivers use when they are pulled over by police in an attempt to talk their way out of a speeding ticket.

So just imagine how many times highway patrol officers hear excuses while on patrol.

Traffic and Highway Patrol NSW have compiled a list of the best and most random responses given by drivers caught speeding in a residential zone (50kmh) in a country town on Sunday afternoon.

1. "I didn't see any kids near the road."

2. "It's pretty near the highway right?"

3: "I'm not from here." (NSW licence)

4: "I need a toilet." (Just sped past one)

5: "I wasn't thinking, I was confused, didn't know if I wanted to stop or not."

6: "I want a sandwich."

7: "She didn't tell me it was 50."

And the winner?

8: "I just had a Red Bull."

Other usual excuses from speeding drivers shared by traffic cops include: Misunderstanding the road rules, running late, rushing to pick up children, relationship woes, complete denial when caught, running late for a flight, needing to get to hospital fast, nature called, the good old 'had a bad day' explanation, I need my licence for my job and either dodgy speedometers, transmission or accelerators.

We are told drivers throwing on the water works doesn't work either, neither does a humourous response.

In the past, honesty would occasionally net a warning, but we are told those days are long gone.

Adding to the list of what not to say to a police officer came this reply from one online reader:

"I saw an open road and decided to feed the beast." 

"The turbo kicked in," said another reader.

"You're just revenue raising" is always a fav.

"You were speeding too, to catch up to me." 

"Aren't you guys highway patrol... this is a residential street"

And possibly the worst response you can give to a police officer "what's your name, title and badge number."