The dog ate my speedometer

I’m kind of enjoying the new Minnesota Department of Public Safety ads about the creative excuses people use for speeding.

I’m learning a valuable lesson, too, of course.

Using the Twitter hashtag #droptheexcuses, the Department of Public Safety is featuring some of its favorite speeding excuses.

Check them out below. It’d be interesting to look at some data on what impact these campaigns really have on driving habits and how long those effects last.

Anyway, feel free to chime in with your favorite. I like “I have five wood ticks climbing up my leg.” Really? You took a count?


— Paul Tosto

  • jon

    Some people call them excuses, some people call them reasons…

    Just saying, some of the ones I’ve seen have been “excuses” they’ve given on their ads (namely “I was just keeping up with traffic”) is would surpass even the word “reason” and switch over to “Defense” in a court… and if MN laws are actually applied they way the driving handbook says they are, then it’d move up to “successful defense” … But it’s a police initiative, and strangely in our justice system police don’t need to know what laws they are enforcing until after they enforce them.

  • Alison

    Trying to get out of a ticket with a little humor?

  • Disco

    I have a better idea.

    Drop the interrogations. If the person was speeding, just hand over the ticket or the warning and move on. No need for humiliation or intimidation.

    Everyone speeds because we are rarely caught. Besides, if no one drove too fast, it would put state troopers out of a job…because it appears to me that their ONLY job is writing speeding tickets. They don’t investigate real crime or do any police work that I’m aware of.

    So get off your high horse, troopers. People breaking the law is what keeps you employed.