Interpreting the Signs


Sitting on the side of the highway waiting to catch speeding drivers, a State Police Officer sees a car puttering along at 22 MPH.

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He thinks to himself, “this driver is just as dangerous as a speeder!”


So he turns on his lights and pulls the driver over. Approaching the car, he notices that there are five old ladies — two in the front seat and three in the back — wide eyed and white as ghosts.

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The driver, obviously confused, says to him, “Officer, I don't understand, I was doing exactly the speed limit! What seems to be the problem?”.

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“Ma’am,” the officer replies, “you weren't speeding, but you should know that driving slower.

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than the speed limit can also be a danger to other drivers.”

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“Slower than the speed limit? No sir, I was doing the speed limit exactly… Twenty-two miles an hour!”

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the old woman says a bit proudly.

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The State Police officer, trying to contain a chuckle explains to her that “22” was the route number, not the speed limit.

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A bit embarrassed, the woman grinned and thanked the officer for pointing out her error.

“But before I let you go, Ma’am, I have to ask… Is everyone in this car OK? These women seem awfully shaken and they haven't muttered a single peep this whole time”, the officer asks.

“Oh, they’ll be alright in a minute officer. We just got off Route 119.”

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