Driving beyond the speed limit is dangerous and illegal. Driving too slow is also illegal. Hence, every driver should know the basic rules in driving to avoid any penalties or speeding tickets.
However, a 96-year-old man broke the speed limit and his reason made everyone wept in tears.
Road speed limits are important in most countries to set the maximum, minimum, and middle speed at which a vehicle may drive at a stretch of road. America’s speed limits vary depending on the jurisdiction.
Since cars have become faster and roads become safer, speed limits have shifted throughout the years. But, it is still complex, state-specific, and bound by law. Whoever disobeys the speed limit will be fined.
Victor Colella, a 96-year-old was recently recent appeared on the syndicated television “Caught in Providence.”
Colella triggered a school zone speed camera while navigating the back roads of Providence. He was going five to six miles an hour over the posted limit of 25. Hence, he received a citation in the mail.
“I read the darn thing and I said, ‘What the heck is this?’ It said, ‘You were speeding 30 miles an hour in a restricted zone,’” Colella said. “When I read the bottom and it said $75, I said, ‘$75? I’m not going to pay that! I’m going to court and I’m going to object to it.’”
Colella waited patiently for Providence Municipal Court Judge Frank Caprio to call his name.
You must know that Colella lives a simple.
He makes trips to the bakery for fresh bread, listens to his favorite music, follows his beloved Yankees, and dines at a familiar restaurant each week. He also cooks and cleans his home. Most importantly, he only drives short distances after 10 am when traffic has decreased.
Part of his regular routine is to drive his 64-year-old son Richard to his bi-monthly blood test. These tests help him monitor cancer he is fighting. It was also on this day that Colella was caught speeding.
So, when he plead his case, this is what Coella shared.
“I don’t drive that fast, judge,” he said. “I’m 96 years old and I drive slowly, and I only drive when I have to. I was going to the blood work for my boy. He’s handicapped.”
Everyone was curious and shocked at the honesty in Colella’s voice.
Judge Caprio asked, “You were taking your son to the doctor’s office?”
Colella’s next words would put everyone who watched the show and the hearing to tears.
“I take him for blood work every two weeks because he’s got cancer,” Colella said, his lips trembling as he looked down and remembered his son.
Everyone was touched at Colella’s story.
He wanted to take care of his son. Despite his age, it wouldn’t stop him from driving his son every two weeks to the doctor. It was proof that a parent’s love for a child can never go away.
Touched by Colella’s devotion and support for his son, Judge Caprio tossed out the ticket.
“I wish you all the best,” the judge said. “I wish the best for your son. And I wish you good health and your case is dismissed. Good luck to you and God bless you.”
Colella went home with a smile on his face. His story pulled at the heartstrings of so many people. For Colella, the passage of time doesn’t mean a father stops taking care of his children.
“They took care of me,” he said, wiping away tears. “One hand washes the other.”
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