Sleep deprivation made me a criminal

It was Monday morning. I’d been up half of the night with Leo who was full of cold and struggling to sleep. It was the kind of morning when I was so tired my eyes hurt.  I squeezed in 20 minutes extra sleep to try and compensate for feeling so terrible. Which made me late for work as well as exhausted.

I jumped on my bike and cycled towards the office as fast as I could trying to make up some time. I got to a pedestrian crossing. The lights were on red. There was no one waiting to cross. I went through the lights a fraction too early. Then I saw the florescent jacket of a police officer. To my horror she was waving me over to the side of the road.

The officer quoted the section of the highway code that I had contravened. She took my name and contact details. She was not interested in my protest that there was no danger involved. I realise that I did break the rules but I would never jump a light at a junction or do anything that was dangerous to me or anyone else.

The police officer ask me if there was anything that I wanted to say in my defence that would be referred to in court. Court! This totally freaked me out. She then explained that I was being issued with a fixed penalty fine and I’d only have to go to court if I wanted to dispute it.

I walked away with an official notice explaining that I would get a £50 fine in the post. I felt awful, was really late for work and so upset and angry.  I cycled the rest of the way to work crying. I had to stop at Boots to buy tissues and extra make up to make me look slightly less terrible.

I laugh about it now but I was so upset and embarrassed at the time. I didn’t say anything to my work colleagues. I couldn’t face explaining that I was a criminal!

I’m not sure what the moral of this story is……………..may be check for police officers before jumping a red light at a pedestrian crossing. I’m joking I don’t condone any breaking section 175 of the highway code!

How has lack of sleep got you into trouble? Have you had a worse Monday morning experience?


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12 thoughts on “Sleep deprivation made me a criminal

  1. Ah sleep deprivation!! It makes us all do things that we wouldn’t normally! Hope you at least managed some sleep the night after the cycling incident?! Found you via #brilliantblogposts 🙂
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    1. Thank you for your comment! Funnily enough I’ve spotted them stopping other people at the same spot since this day – the cynical part of me thinks road safety might not be the main objective of this exercise! S x

      1. Have to say, I think it’s a bit ‘jobsworth’! Any inside info as to where it is they’re lying in wait? 😛

        1. The pedestrian crossing on Regents Street (near to the Co-op) – I’ve seen police officers there a few times since.

  2. Oh my goodness, bless you! You can understand why they use sleep deprivation as a torture device once you’re a parent, it makes you do things that are very much out of character. Plus it doesn’t sound like the police officer was a parent?! So far my sleep deprivation just tends to lead me to bursting into tears at the smallest thing, I’m so overemotional at the moment! Should be interesting once I return to work in a couple of months! Thanks for linking up to #SnoozySunday!

    1. Oh I’ve so been there with being every emotional. I’ve been through so many stages of crying at everything (when pregnant and when my daughter and twins were little). My daughter had only just started school when my twins were born and I cried at my first meeting with her teacher. Good luck with going back to work.

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