You drive too fast, you get a ticket. You drive too slow, apparently in Maryland, you get a ticket.
A Maryland woman received a ticket on Interstate 95, to her surprise it was because she was driving 2 miles per hour below the speed limit.
The driver told NBC Washington she was driving in the left lane of I-95 in Laurel, MD in the Washington Metropolitan area last Friday when she was pulled over and cited for failing to move right.
According to the citation, she had been driving 63 mph in a 65 mph zone.
The woman tells NBC, “I really shocked, I thought, Oh, my God, you’ve got to be kidding me.’”
This was the first time she had received a ticket. She furthermore said there was heavy wind which caused her to slow down to be safe.
NBC Washington meteorologist Doug Kammerer can back that up. He reported winds that day gusting at about 40 mph.
John Townsend from AAA Mid-Atlantic thinks the ticket is absurd. According to NBC, Townsend said “The reason the ticket is silly is because it’s sending the wrong message which is we will tolerate you driving at more than the speed limit, but it you drive below the speed limit, then you’re penalized for that.”
The driver has filed a complaint with Maryland State Police and plans to fight the ticket.
While police said they can’t comment on this specific ticket, they said that driving too slowly can impede traffic, and that anyone who wants to fight a citation can do so in court.
The time police took pulling over a woman for barely driving 1 mph under the speed limit, they could’ve been pulling over numerous others that break extreme road rules on I-95 that potentially cost lives everyday.
“Sometimes when it’s dangerous, you have to do what you can to stay safe,” the driver said.
Where are the police officer’s in the Washington Metropolitan area priorities? Keeping the public safe, or giving tickets to meet their quota?
The answer is clear in this Maryland woman’s ticket.