More than half of the respondents to last week’s caycompass.com online poll said speeding was the traffic offence they were most likely to commit.
Of the 431 total respondents, 228 of them – 52.9 per cent – had a propensity to drive above the speed limit.
“I’ve found myself always in a hurry to get places and get things done,” said one person. “If I’m early, it’s like I have to make the most out of every second, sneaking in a task here or there. Sometimes to make it up, I have… exceeded the limit a tad.”
“I got a ticket a few days ago,” said another respondent. “That’s what I get for rushing when I’m late for a pick up. I should of known better.”
“Speeding while probably trying to get to work on time,” said someone else. “Other than that, I am an angel.”
The next highest segment of respondents, 88 people or 20.4 per cent, said they were perfect angles and weren’t likely to commit any traffic offences.
“I’m not a perfect angel, just a responsible adult,” said one person.
“It is not difficult to follow the island’s simple traffic guidelines,” said another respondent. “Only an idiot needs to drive recklessly and at a high rate of speed. The island is not that big.”
“The police need to address the real issues like children without their seat belts, blinding headlights and people pulling out on you and not indicating… not if somebody is 10 miles over the speed limit,” said someone else.
“I don’t drive,” said one of the perfect angels. “I walk everywhere.”
Fifty-two people – 12.1 per cent – said the traffic offence there were most likely to commit was driving after drinking.
“I don’t drive drunk, but I know I’ve been over the limit a few times coming home from the bar,” said one person. “If taxis weren’t so expensive (I once had to pay $19 to go two and a half miles) I would cab it home much more often.”
Twenty-nine people – 6.7 per cent – said driving with expired registration was the traffic offence they were most likely to commit, and only 14 respondents – 3.3 per cent – said they were most likely to run red lights or stop signs.
Twenty people – 4.6 per cent – responded ‘other’ to the question. Many of those people said driving without wearing a seat belt was the offence they would most likely commit.
“Using a cell phone while driving,” said one person, who seemed to know it was wrong even if it isn’t against the law.
“If text messaging was a crime, I’d be committing it, I must stop,” said someone else.
“Attacking an incompetent driver who has just nearly killed me,” said another respondent.