A lot of people who speed, don't think about how their fast driving can affect other people. But one American based cop has written a letter and published it publicly after pulling over an 18-year-old for going 100 mph in a 65 mph zone (about 160km in a 100km zone).
The letter is not an apology for giving the young driver an expensive ticket, instead it's actually quite the opposite. The officer is instead trying to use this ticket as a warning to others who may also believe themselves to be "invincible."
The letter starts off simple, but immediately makes the gravity of the situation aware. This wasn't just a speeding ticket, this was a narrowly avoided tragedy in the making.
To the 18 year old kid I stopped on SR 10. You’re welcome. I’d like to believe that you were minutes away from creating an unspeakable Christmas tragedy when I stopped you.
"If not only killing yourself, you were well on your way to killing some innocent person who was minding their own business doing nothing else wrong but being in front of you."
The cop continued, saying that it was a lie that the kid didn't realise how fast he was going. The fear in the kids eyes when he pulled him over.
I can tell you dozens of stories of dead and broken 18 year old bodies that I’ve pulled from cars. Broken bodies that I’ve found in front yards after crashes. Unrecognizable bodies. They thought they were invincible too. They weren’t.
The policeman rounded out his raw, emotional letter saying that he has no remorse for giving the kid his ticket.
"You seemed like a really nice kid who made a bad decision. I don’t feel bad about this ticket at all. In fact, I’m proud of it. I hope you’re paying it off for months and with every payment you think about how it wasn’t worth it. I hope you slow down. I hope that when your mom tells you to 'drive safe' you make a promise to her, and yourself, that you will."
You can read the policeman's full open letter below.