Well, it looks like this writer wouldn’t be close to being a contender for the title of speeding champion of Texas.
But my excuse for getting nabbed for doing 72 in a 55 in my 1970 Monte Carlo when I was just 19 years old might rank among the most creative.
I was honest with the state trooper that afternoon and told him that my mama had pinto beans and meat loaf waiting for me at home, and I was mighty hungry and in a hurry to get there. If he’d follow me, he’d know why – I sure miss that meat loaf! If I had been even more brutally honest, though, I would have added the little tidbit that if he had clocked me a little sooner, he would have nabbed me doing 80!
According to a post on dallasnews.com, even I had been caught at 80, it would still have been less than half of the top speeder in Texas during 2018!
Leading that list of the 228 tickets written for driving over 120 mph last year in that state was a Porsche 911, nabbed doing a whopping 166 in a 75 zone in Carson County.
The Dallas News published a list of the top 10 tickets from that list issued in Dallas, Collin, Rockwall, Denton, Tarrant, Parker, Hunt, and Wise counties.
Included on the list were three General Motors products, including a 2015 Corvette doing 134 in a 55 on State Highway 121 near Lewisville; a 2016 Cadillac CTS doing 136 in a 55 on State Highway 66 in Rowlett; and a 2012 Chevrolet SS running 135 in a 75 in the West I-635 Express lanes in Farmers Branch.
The fastest in North Texas and good for fifth in the state overall was a 2002 Honda CBR motorcycle, caught going 156 in a 70 on Chisholm Trail Parkway in Tarrant County. The driver sounds like he’s lucky to be alive as the trooper noted he failed to stop for a red light – that could have been disastrous!
For you truckers out there, a 2013 Ford F150 was second on the North Texas list at 150 in a 65 on Chisholm Trail Parkway in Fort Worth.
Next were a 2007 Honda motorcycle, 145 in a 60 in Plano; a 2018 BMW M3, 138 in a 70 on the Bush Turnpike; a 2017 Subaru WRX, 134 in a 70 on U.S. 75 in Allen; a Honda CBR motorcycle, 134 in a 70 on the Bush Turnpike; and a 2010 Infiniti G37, 134 in a 60 on the Dallas North Tollway in Frisco.
By the way, the driver of that motorcycle doing 134 told the officer he “did not realize he was going so fast.”
Other excuses included someone trying to save a minute on the way home, and another speeder was mad about being cut off. Great reasons to put your life at risk, huh?
Of course, who am I to talk – since I’m the pinto bean speeding champion of Georgia!
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