Can I give you a word of advice? How about a whole sentence? When you’re giving me an excuse for why you violated a traffic law, or two, don’t use impairment as a justification. Don’t tell me the reason you just ran a red light is because you’re so tired you can barely keep your eyes open. Do you realize studies have shown tired driving to be as dangerous, if not more dangerous, than drunk driving? Don’t tell me the reason you were driving almost 25 miles an hour over the speed limit is because your migraine is so bad you’re about to pass out, and you wanted to get home before that happened. Really? What do you think might have happened if you didn’t make it home before that? I’ll tell you what might have happened. Someone else might not have made it home either, because you might have killed them. Is it so important to get home to your comfortable bed that you’re willing to risk your life, and the lives of everyone else on the road, for a few extra seconds of sleep? Hopefully the $500 in citations I’m giving you will persuade you to follow the rules next time, since common sense obviously didn’t do it this time.

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