Quinte, On. real estate agent: An Unhappy Coincidence

An Unhappy Coincidence

speedingI was driving back to the office this morning after having met a client, and my spirits were rather high. I was singing along to a new CD that I got for Christmas, and I wasn't paying much attention to the speedometer. Having just pulled off the highway, I was driving a bit faster than the posted speed limit. I saw the police car sitting in a side street and knew that I was busted.

Sure enough, the red and blue lights started flashing and I pulled off to the side of the road (after driving along for a few seconds in the vain hope that perhaps there was some other reason that the police car was tailing me with flashing lights).


The strange thing about this incident is that I was caught speeding at the exact same spot two weeks ago. It was the same time of day, and lo and behold, the same humourless police officer got out of the car and asked me to produce my license, registration and insurance. My little attempt at a joke "we have to stop meeting like this, people are going to start talking, heh heh heh" was met with her outstretched hand and a rather icy stare. So much for that. See if I ask her to the prom.

While sitting in the car waiting for her to process my papers (what takes them so bloody long???) I thought of a radio interview that I had heard on the CBC a few weeks ago. The hostess was interviewing a police officer from New Zealand about a rather peculiar incident.

Constable Flitton was working his shift on the south island of New Zealand earlier this month when he pulled over a driver who was speeding. The driver pulled out his British and South African licenses and handed them to Constable Flitton. The driver asked Constable Flitton if he had worked in London recently, and as a recent emigree from the U.K., Constable Flitton nodded his assent, he had indeed worked for the police in London where he had also been a traffic cop. The driver then enquired as to whether the good constable had operated a laser gun on the A5 motorway in north London. Yes indeed, he had operated a laser gun on the A5. The driver, also recently emigrated from the U.K. then proceeded to tell the constable that the last (and only other) time that he had recieved a speeding ticket, was two years ago in London, and that Constable Flitton had been the one who had issued it.

I'm not sure what the odds of  being ticketed by the exact same policeman on both sides of the world are, but they have to astronomically high. This wasn't enough for Constable Flitton to let the driver off though, he did issue the ticket for $120.00 (N.Z.), which came to be roughly the same amount as the first ticket. Some times the truth can be stranger than fiction, here's the story from the Telegraph.

I got off a little easier this time. I was only doing 76 in a 50 zone, not 80 like the first time, so instead of a $180.00 fine, I'm only going to be dinged for $97.50. Oh well, from now on, I'm avoiding Telephone Road.


Comment balloon 15 commentsMalcolm Johnston • December 29 2010 01:35PM


My hope Malcolm is that when you come to this same corner on the next day and the day after that you have the image of this second ticket in two weeks in your mind.  Or, stop singing in the car.  Something, hehe.

Posted by Larry Lawfer, "I listen for a living." It's all about you. (YourStories Realty Group powered by Castles UnlimitedĀ®) over 9 years ago

LOL, ONLY going 76 in a 50? Oh, wait, you guys have kilometers, not miles, so maybe that is not so bad. Maybe you should stop singing in your car? That has gotten me a ticket as well.

Posted by Cynthia Larsen, Independent Broker In Sonoma County, CA over 9 years ago

"See if I ask her to the prom."  Absolutely hysterical.  You are one funny man, Malcolm.  And you clearly need to stop singing in the car.  Maybe play some Yanni instead....ROTFL.

Posted by Tanya Nouwens, Montreal Real Estate Broker & Stager (RE/MAX ROYAL (JORDAN) INC. / Tanya Nouwens Inc. www.readysetsold.ca) over 9 years ago

In my younger days Malcolm, this would have been my answer... if I got caught speeding on a road, I, too,  would use another ;-)

Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) over 9 years ago

This old dog better learn the new trick Malcolm LOL. You can't afford to keep having prom dates like that ;).

Now me, I never speed ;). That's my story and I'm sticking to it LOL>

Posted by Janice Ankrett, Staging Professional (Janice Ankrett Home Staging) over 9 years ago

Larry, I'm definitely going to try to be more mindful. The singing won't stop though.

Cynthia, yeah it's kms, so it's definitely not as bad as mph.

Tanya, Unfortunately Yanni has been banned from my vehicle, I'll have to find another form of displeasing music to dampen my singing spirit.

Chris, I will find an alternate route, there's more than one way to skin a cat.

Janice, my meetings with that officer are getting to be very expensive dates. Next time, she'd better have some dinner ready.

Posted by Malcolm Johnston, Trenton Real Estate (Century 21 Lanthorn Real Estate LTD., Trenton, Ontario) over 9 years ago


I'm more at risk for driving too slow than driving too fast. I haven't had a speeding ticket in at least 30 years.

If we are in a real hurry, my wife drives.


Posted by Brian Madigan, LL.B., Broker (RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage (Toronto)) over 9 years ago

Brian, I'm going to have to learn to be more like you. 30 years??? Wow, that's impressive. I think I may have gone 30 weeks once.

Posted by Malcolm Johnston, Trenton Real Estate (Century 21 Lanthorn Real Estate LTD., Trenton, Ontario) over 9 years ago

Sounds like you drive like us Malcolm! Gonna be thinking about you know whenever we see those guys sitting on the roadside! Good luck on your next 30 weeks! Have a great New Years eve and a fantastic 2011!

Posted by Al & Peggy Cunningham, Brokers, Our Family Wants To Help Your Family! (RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage) over 9 years ago

Malcolm, they say that being consistent is a good trait, so congrats, you are consistent! But unlucky!


Posted by Ty Lacroix (Envelope Real Estate Brokerage Inc) over 9 years ago

Al and Peggy, my new year's resolution is to be ticket-free for 2011.

Ty, I strive for consistency, so maybe I'm achieving my goals.

Posted by Malcolm Johnston, Trenton Real Estate (Century 21 Lanthorn Real Estate LTD., Trenton, Ontario) over 9 years ago

Ho ho ho. So much for seasons greetings. I guess you will be slowing down in the new year.

Posted by Ellie McIntire, Luxury service in Howard County & Catonsville (Ellicott City Clarksville Howard County Maryland Real Estate) over 9 years ago

I often listen to audio books while driving and if anything, they cause me to drive a little slower. Music makes me speed up as well and it pays to be careful for those police vehicles that love to write out tickets!

Posted by Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional, Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor (Charles Rutenberg Realty) over 9 years ago

Ellie, ho ho ho indeed. Yup, I will be slowing down in 2011, no more tickets for me.

Barbara-Jo, I think I'm going to get a few audio books. They sound like a great idea.

Posted by Malcolm Johnston, Trenton Real Estate (Century 21 Lanthorn Real Estate LTD., Trenton, Ontario) over 9 years ago

Wow!  What a story.  I find that incredible.  I have some new material for the antique shop now.  Thanks, Malcolm.

Posted by Ron Marshall, Birdhouse Builder Extraordinaire (Marshall Enterprises) almost 8 years ago