We all know that breaking the speed limit can result in a ticket, and yet we've all done it. You can certainly remember plenty of times that you avoided a ticket by hitting the brakes when you saw a police car on the side of the road. Most people hit the brakes instinctively; that's just how common speeding really is.
So why do people do it? Why do they risk getting a ticket? A few common reasons include:
- Traffic gets congested. It slows them down. When they finally get through it, they speed to make up for lost time.
- It becomes a habit. They speed so often that they start to feel like that is the normal pace to drive at, and anything less seems frustratingly slow.
- They are late for something important. Specifics can include getting to work on time, getting to a doctor's appointment or just meeting up with friends. The reality is that many people plan their lives out so their schedule is down to the minute, and any unexpected delay makes them feel like they're always late.
- They feel like no one can see them like they're anonymous. Many people respect all other laws in public settings, but being hidden away inside of a vehicle makes it mentally easier to break traffic laws.
- They're bored. Cars are so common that there's little excitement left, and most people just want to get to their destination as soon as possible.
Regardless of the reason, traffic violations can really hurt your driving record, and they come with stiff penalties. Be sure you know what legal options you have.