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?