I frequently stand in as a full-color offset printer with a local printing office, when someone’s on holiday, gets sick or when it’s really busy. When they called me yesterday if I could fill in the morning shift I told them I’d be there at 6am. So this morning at around 5.45am I hopped into my car and drove to the printing office.
About 2 km before the printing office the motorway (80km/h) turns into a 60km/h road (it’s still double lanes) and leads into steadily downwards sloping short tunnel.
I was still doing 80 when going into the tunnel and right at the end of the tunnel in the dark they stood, laser gun at the ready, waiting for the next victim to pass.
My own stupid mistake, I’ve seen them standing there a dozen times before, but I was a bit in a hurry (excuses, excuses, excuses), and they caught me with 79km/h.
It was 5.58am, on a two-lane road, in the middle of nowhere, no school, no town, no buildings, no nothing anywhere near, and not a soul on the road except for me and them.
But I’ll eat it. I’ll bear my mistakes like man and pay the oh so wasted amount of money that they fined me 😀
The rules even apply to me *sighs*
I actually got away with a scare this time, because Finland (bless’em, to speak in Allison’s words) has the great moneymaking system that the fine for many traffic violations are related to one’s net income.
If you drive more than 20km/h too fast, they’ll cough up your tax records and you’ll get one big fine, or if you drove really a lot too fast an x number of dayfines (Jussi Salonoja, heir to a big sausage empire, was fined € 170,000 for over speeding, Anssi Vanjoki, Nokia’s former manager, once got a € 116,000 fine for over speeding, and there are a good number of other examples just like that). Not that I’d get such a high fine. Being an aspiring photographer… that’s probably so underpaid that they’d have to pay me money 😀
Anyway… The police guys didn’t want me to take a picture of them and the car with the flashy lights, so you’ll have to make do with a very bad picture, shot hand held @ 1/10 sec, of “my” printing press.
Oh… and a chocolate cookie, because I’ve had such a bad morning 😀