I'm mad at myself.
After getting a speeding ticket in December on Third Street in Sterling, I should have been more careful, especially in that area. But I wasn't.
About 10 a.m. Wednesday, a Sterling police officer stopped me as I was headed west on East Lincolnway as it forks into Third and Fourth streets. I was going 41 mph in a 30-mph zone – the same speed I was going in December. I was headed to an interview with Jim Jackson, Harmon Township's road commissioner.
Officer Jake Reul told me that he caught me speeding as I was attempting to pass another car. As was the case in December, I spotted the SUV-driving officer, quickly checked my speedometer and slowed down.
You'll see my name in our newspaper's police blotter. The last time it appeared, I was the only person who received a ticket the previous day in Sterling. It's nicer when your name is lost in a list of fellow offenders.
Then again, I could have avoided this problem if I had kept my speeding under control. Now, I will.
David Giuliani is a reporter for Sauk Valley Media. He can be reached at dgiuliani@saukvalley or at 800-798-4085, ext. 525.