PHOENIX, AZ (3TV/CBS5) -- This was a brief conversation I had with a driver who was stopped by an officer after being caught speeding on a freeway recently in the Phoenix Metro area.
ROBERTS: I do a segment called Caught Misbehaving... and why am I talking to you?
DRIVER: Because I was speeding?
Yes, just about everyone speeds. Some of us are aware of our surroundings and others, well let’s just say... are not, but I always like to get the side of the driver who gets pulled over.
Here is a brief conversation with another driver.
ROBERTS: We got behind you and you were doing 82 m.p.h., what happened?
DRIVER: The alarm was going off at work and I’m the only one that gets called. And I’m like, I’m the only one.
The driver, although issued a ticket, was given a break for the main reason she was pulled over.
TROOPER: OK ma’am, I’m giving you a warning for your speed. I did write you a citation for no proof of insurance, OK? As long as you show the court the current insurance card, they dismiss it.
Now to be fair, the trooper and I were in an unmarked police cruiser. But according to Trooper Stevens, even when he's in a fully marked DPS cruiser, drivers will blow his doors off.
Fines vary from county to county, but in Maricopa County a speeding ticket can be as much as $300 along with three points tacked onto your driver's license. I give this advice to drivers: Slow down... Don't get caught misbehaving.
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