Learning An Important Lesson
The day I got my license, my parents surprised me with my own car. They did not want me to have to deal with complicated insurance policies and car payments, so they made a deal with me: As long as I kept my driving record clean and my grades up in school, they would take care of the insurance and maintenance of my car. I knew their funds were relatively limited, so I promised myself that I would be a good driver. Unfortunately, that is easier said than done.
It was Friday, and a few of my co-workers were meeting at our friend’s lakeside house for some food and karaoke. At closing time, we all piled into our vehicles and car-pooled to the neighboring town for the night. My friend Brandon and I began the twenty minute drive into town. As an inexperienced driver, I was pretty nervous about driving at night, but I really just wanted to get to the party, so I ignored the posted speed limit sign and put in a new CD. A truck passed me and flashed his lights. I faintly remembered learning that this was a sign of something, but I could not specifically remember what. I pushed this warning to the back of my mind when my favorite song came on the radio. Belting out the lyrics at the top of my lungs, I felt invincible. I was having a fantastic time with my best friend and thought the best was still yet to come.
I followed a curve in the road going entirely too fast. It did not occur to me that there were consequences for driving irresponsibly. We were enjoying ourselves and were only focused on having a good time. At the end of the turn, I suddenly remembered what the earlier vehicle’s warning meant. A state trooper was parked in the back corner of the Town Hall. I slammed on my brakes, but it was too late. The officer had pulled onto the road behind me, and turned his lights on, signaling for me to pull over. If it was not for Brandon’s calming voice telling me that everything would be...