As drivers, we are often reminded of the importance of following posted speed limits. These rules are in place in order to keep us safe, no matter how unnecessary they may sometimes feel. So, while it can be tempting to cruise along at 5 or 10 miles per hour over the speed limit, it is certainly not something we recommend.
Of course, since we are always hearing about the importance of safe driving, it’s easy to assume that law enforcement officials are somehow immune to the pitfalls in which the rest of us find ourselves. After all, if they’re the ones regulating our speeds, shouldn’t they be aware of the posted speed limits and, more importantly, the dangers involved with going too fast?
Well, as it turns out, law enforcement is made up of real people, too. And, according to a recent story, sometimes they make mistakes, just like us.
In December, the Colorado State Patrol apologized for a speeding convoy that was bringing a flag to a State Trooper’s funeral.
The flag in question travels to law enforcement funerals around the country, and the driver of the flag said he’s never had an accident escorting it. However, footage reveals that the flag driver was weaving in and out of lanes, and had reached speeds of about 100 miles per hour.
This kind of behavior is not appropriate, especially given the number of accidents caused each year by aggressive driving. Scott Hernandez, the Patrol Chief, said that the flag driver’s behavior was “unacceptable.” Currently, investigations are underway to determine the reasons behind this reckless driving.
Better Safe Than Speedy
While it can be comforting to know that law enforcement officials struggle with abiding by the law as much as the next driver, it is also disheartening. After all, shouldn’t the troopers be the first to understand the importance of highway safety?
As Denver automobile accident lawyers, we see far too many collisions caused by individuals who have chosen to go over the speed limit. Although it is always tempting to move quickly in an effort to cut off some travel time, the reality of the situation is that the time you save will be minimal. And even if you do save five minutes, the potential consequences you face by going over the speed limit, far outweigh the potential benefits.
So, the next time you get behind the wheel, we urge you to put your safety first and respect the posted speeds.
However, accidents will still happen. And whether you are hit by another driver or may be at fault for the collision, you do not have to face your legal case alone. Our team is ready to help you get through this challenging time, and get back to living your life. So, if you’re ready to take the next step, do not hesitate to contact us.