(It was Friday night, and Damien
was driving through a scenic route to
a small beach town for his holidays. It was dark and there
was literally nothing viewable, except some traffic signs.
But Damien was still pretty enjoying his driving, without
knowing a massive queue of
cars tailing after. About 30
minutes later, he was overtaken by
a sirening police car with its
roof lights flashing, and then he got
pull over by the police.)
Good evening, sir.
Good day, officer. What can I do for you?
Can I see your license, please?
Sure, not a problem. Did I speed?
(Damien scrabbled in his wallet
for the license.)
No. Is this your car?
Yes, it's my car, and there you go, my license and my rego paper.
Thank you. And do you have any idea of what the speed
limit on this road is?
I don't know. But you told me I didn't speed. So, what's
It's correct that you didn't speed. But you're way too slow.
Way too slow! What do you mean?
The speed limit on this road is 90 kilo metres per hour.
But you drove at 40. It's a huge risk that you may make other
drivers to brake dramatically, and to take evasive actions
to avoid a collision. So I have
to give you a ticket for hindering
traffic, and you'll also lose 3 demerit
points for this infringement.
A ticket! I am just out here for a relaxing slow drive. What's
wrong with that? Why can't I just be a "Sunday Driver"
if I'm in no hurry to get anywhere? People who want to drive
to the speed limit can just fly past me, can't they? Besides,
driving slowly makes the road a safer place. Isn't that the
message entrenched in our psyche?
Officer, I'm mature, and I know what I'm doing behind
the wheel. Compared to those reckless street racers,
I cause no tricky situations to other road users. And I .........
Sir, sir, did you drink tonight? I can smell alcohol just
by standing next to your car.
I didn't drink. It was my friends, who drank at the party.
Would you step outside the car, please? I need to breathalyse you.
What for? Have I done anything illegal? Have I breached any
law? Do I look like a criminal? No. I don't, do I? So please
don't waste any time on me. I've already got a dull and empty
life to live on with.
Sir, you've not been charged with any offence yet,
and you will be if you do not cooperate
with me. Is that clear, sir?
Ok, you're the boss here.
(Minutes later, Damien finished
the breathalyser test.)
You're just a bit below the limit. So you did drink.
Just one sip. So, can I go now?
Sure, and here's your ticket. Don't forget to pay the fine.
Sure, I'll also remember to lodge a dispute
Then don't forget to make it clear whether you're going to
lodge a dispute notice or a complaint.
What's the difference?
You may check the related information online. You can go
now, sir. Have a nice evening.