WE have all heard some of the classic lines that drivers use when they are pulled over by police in an attempt to talk their way out of a speeding ticket.
So just imagine how many times highway patrol officers hear excuses while on patrol.
Traffic and Highway Patrol NSW have compiled a list of the best and most random responses given by drivers caught speeding in a residential zone (50kmh) in a country town on Sunday afternoon.
1. "I didn't see any kids near the road."
2. "It's pretty near the highway right?"
3: "I'm not from here." (NSW licence)
4: "I need a toilet." (Just sped past one)
5: "I wasn't thinking, I was confused, didn't know if I wanted to stop or not."
6: "I want a sandwich."
7: "She didn't tell me it was 50."
And the winner?
8: "I just had a Red Bull."
Other usual excuses from speeding drivers shared by traffic cops include: Misunderstanding the road rules, running late, rushing to pick up children, relationship woes, complete denial when caught, running late for a flight, needing to get to hospital fast, nature called, the good old 'had a bad day' explanation, I need my licence for my job and either dodgy speedometers, transmission or accelerators.
We are told drivers throwing on the water works doesn't work either, neither does a humourous response.
In the past, honesty would occasionally net a warning, but we are told those days are long gone.
Adding to the list of what not to say to a police officer came this reply from one online reader:
"I saw an open road and decided to feed the beast."
"The turbo kicked in," said another reader.
"You're just revenue raising" is always a fav.
"You were speeding too, to catch up to me."
"Aren't you guys highway patrol... this is a residential street"
And possibly the worst response you can give to a police officer "what's your name, title and badge number."