That’s not quite how the law reads. Perhaps I am splitting hairs, but in the state of Arkansas you have to wear a helmet on a motorcycle if you are under the age of 21. Over 21? Well anyone that’s rides a motorcycle regularly knows all the helmet does is give the coroner a convenient container to put the loose parts in, but by having that “age 21” distinction in the law, you are considered old enough to make an informed decision. Arkansas does need to pass a statue similar to Florida’s, which states that you can go helmet-less, but buddy you best have the extremely high insurance on your bike to pay your medical bills. Arkansas is maybe 20 years behind most of the country on laws to protect motorcyclists, but at least there are some laws in place (seat belts, car seats) to protect the children whose parents lack the intelligence to know to do these things themselves.
Second, I never depend on the cruise control to give me an accurate reading of my speed. My truck has oversized tires and that throws the accuracy of the speedometer off. I know this because both my truck and the jeep I had before it have been radar tested in my own driveway. Neither vehicle’s speedometer was accurate.
As for the cop not showing up in court? Gee, I dunno. Maybe he was too busy holding a rapist at gunpoint waiting for his back up to get there, maybe he was helping the paramedics lift your grandmother onto a stretcher after she fell in the bathtub, maybe just maybe he was performing CPR on a friend of yours that chose not to wear a seatbelt and went through the windshield of their car. Ever seen a head after it’s been through a windshield? I have and heads through a windshield are the real reason for seatbelt laws.
I never speed, but if I did and got caught at it I’d suck it up and pay my fine instead of wasting the court’s time and money to hear me give my lame excuse.
Why don’t I speed? First, I can’t bear the thought of my speeding causing injury or loss of life to an innocent person or animal. Second, because I know if I did my husband would hear about it from at least three different LEOs (law enforcement officers) before I could even get home to tell him myself, but the main reason I don’t speed is because it’s against the law and laws exist for a reason.