I always seem to get the same answer, when I ask the defendant about speed at their deposition. It does something like this: “How fast were you going?” “Well”, the defendant will say with a look of uncertainty, “I was going just under the speed limit.” “How do you know”, I ask. “Out of habit, I know that I was just going a little under the speed limit”.
Mornings bring out the certainty of habit. Some people get out of bed when the alarm goes off or they get up without the need of the alarm. Others, out of habit, will hit that snooze bar a few times. When I mention habit, I’m sure that something comes right to your mind about something that you do everyday.
I know that I drive the same way, every day, out of habit. I could take different routes to work. I guess that if I were trained by the CIA, I would go a different way. Isn’t that what they train to do or have I read too many spy novels?
When I am doing discovery in any case. I do try to find out about the habits of opposing parties. Do they get their car regularly inspected? Do they regularly take medications? Do they drive aggressively? In fact, the only things that can be introduced as past conduct about bad driving relates to whether you can establish habit. If they drink, have they already been previously convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol?
You and I both have good and bad habits. Calling someone or stopping by to see them might be a good habit. Forming good habits is discussed from an online post of FastCompany.com. Here what it says as a good plan for starting a new good habit:
Building new habits
And for pic o’ day, I post another funny one from my mom!