For many of us, being caught speeding elicits an angry response, especially if we were only slightly above the limit. But one man from Birmingham stayed remarkably civil and repented for his crimes after being caught driving too quickly.
Upon receiving a letter from the Community Speedwatch initiative informing him of his excessive speed, the unnamed driver made a point of ringing up the Birmingham North local policing unit to apologise, explaining that he was simply unaware of the 30mph limit.
“As part of our community speedwatch operations I’d estimate we’ve sent out 600 letters,” PCSO Duncan Long said. “This is certainly the first time we’ve been contacted by a driver to apologise.”
Community Speedwatch is designed to tell drivers they were caught speeding without prosecuting them. However, details of the instance are kept on file and a warning letter is sent to the driver in question that highlights the issues of speeding such as injury and more expensive car insurance.
“Exceeding speed limits can put other road users, pedestrians, and people living on these roads at risk,” PCSO Long said. “When motorists see us carrying out these speed checks, or receive a letter, they are reminded of this and will consider the safety of themselves and others in the future.”
Just in case you were wondering, calling up to say sorry isn’t mandatory, and neither is it considered wasting police time. “We don’t expect to receive an apology from every motorist; we’ll be happy if we can simply make them reconsider their driving and make our roads safer,” he added.
3,267 people were killed or seriously injured in crashes where speed was a contributing factor in 2011, according to the Department for Transport. It also claims the risk of death is four times higher when a pedestrian is hit at 40mph instead of 30mph.