The First Speeding Ticket

13 Jun

From My Heart

Louise Gibson

author of Window Wonders




This is ludicrous, compared to today.

The first American ever arrested for speeding
was Jacob German, 26, a taxi driver for the
Electric Vehicle Company of New York City.
On May 20, 1899 he was hauled off to jail
for bolting down Lexington Street in Manhattan
at 12 mph in an 8 mph zone.


What would Jacob German think now?
Compared with 1899, the pace of life has advanced
to science fiction levels.
We bolt through every hour until the days
become a blur, and the years fly by like a movie
stuck on “fast forward”


Sometimes, in our rush, we grow impatient with the Lord
because He doesn’t hurry as we do.
Our times are in His hands and His clock operates
at a different speed.
A day to Him is like a thousand years.


(2 Peter 3:8 “But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing
that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a
thousand years as one day.)


Perhaps you want the Lord to answer your prayer Now,
to provide deliverance “This instant”,
but when we put God on our timetable, it often brings


Learn to wait on the Lord, and let Him work at His own speed.
He has a perfect sense of timing, and He knows our every need.


From an old anonymous hymn:
” His method is sublime. His heart profoundly kind.
God never is before His time, and never is behind.”




My transportation from age 10 to 21 was a boy’s two-wheel bike-
My father wouldn’t sign for me, so it was either “bike” or “hike”.
I rode with the traffic-, youth has no fear.
My love of speed and adventure did truly domineer.
When I ran across this story, I thought it worth a smile.
According to my memory, I beat him by a mile!


Vintage girls bike

3 Responses to “The First Speeding Ticket”

  1. Old Things R New June 15, 2014 at 5:30 pm #

    Excellent and fun!


  2. divoran09 June 14, 2014 at 1:12 pm #

    The speeding poem was so good. I loved the way you combined yesterday, today, and poetry. Masterful.


    • Louise Gib son June 15, 2014 at 8:33 pm #

      You are too kind, DiVoran and Akta, but “thank you” dear friends. I appreciate your encouragement.


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