But I Didn’t Know It Was A Work Zone, Officer

I was going 73 in a 60 yesterday morning heading north on I-35 from my childhood home in Georgetown, Texas. Only to me, I was going 73 in a 70. A clearly acceptable law breaking speed, you understand. Yes, there were some big cement thingiemajigs rendering the shoulder of the road useless. I saw an orange pillar every now and again. Come to think of it, there might have been a big orange sign or seven indicating I was traveling in a construction zone. But there were no workers. Which, according to Officer Jefferson, was the good news. I was hopeful that one look at my Oklahoma drivers license might shout foreigner to him and that simple fact alone would allow me to experience some highway grace. Instead, I was delivered a citation, in an electronic, computerized form, mind you. It did look quite snazzy. Indeed it did. Which brings me to something I must discuss. I’m a rather slow driver. I don’t accelerate fast. I slow down WAY in time at stop signs and stop lights. I wait a second or two before taking off when the light turns green. I don’t take corners like Danica Patrick. No, no. I’m a fairly good law abiding citizen and driver.  You’d feel quite comfortable having me tote your kiddos all over town.   Granny driver? Possibly. Mother who wants to keep her children alive? Absolutely. My wonderful husband, on the other hand, was born with plutonium in his foot. He is the long lost brother of Mario Andretti. He has been known to go 78 in a 70 mile an hour speed zone. The nerve. And the man hasn’t gotten a speeding ticket in over 10 years. It’s not fair, I tell you. Thank you, Hillsboro, Texas, for showing me the error of my ways.

11 thoughts on “But I Didn’t Know It Was A Work Zone, Officer”

  1. I am a zippy driver. I get a speeding ticket about once every 10 years. I’m not due for another 7. 🙂

    We have commercials in wonderful California about slowing for the cone zone and fines are double in a construction zone.

  2. Guess What!!

    I am Mario’s long lost sister. Living in San Diego you drive fast to stay alive. No tickets either hehehehe!!

  3. I’ve gotten a ticket in a construction zone before. It was on a Sunday and like you NO WORKERS.

  4. I got a warning on my way to church one Sunday. I was going 45 in a 35…but I was the only one on the street and the only car I had seen in miles…

  5. sounds like me.

    my husband drives unbelievably fast all the time, and gets the occasional ticket. i’m a conservative but somewhat fast driver, and ended up with 4 tickets all in one day! on a certain strip of highway in south africa, they’d set up camera speedtraps… i got 4 tickets in the mail (all with my picture attached)!

  6. You have to watch out for those small Texas towns…that’s how they generate most their budget for the year. My husband never speeds (I call him grandpa) and he has gotten two tickets in Kyle this year. One for making a U-turn in a neighborhood at 2 a.m. Good Grief!

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