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Russian President Vladimir Putin has earned the ire of the whole world for his unprovoked invasion of Russia’s neighbor, Ukraine. And according to one Florida man, Putin has even begun inducing people to drive in excess of the posted speed limit.
A Flagler County deputy pulled over a man in Palm Coast (roughly 60 miles south of Jacksonville) last Thursday for allegedly running a stop sign and driving at 50 mph in a 30 mph zone. The officer’s bodycam captured the entire encounter, which was posted on Facebook.
In the video, the man goes through a litany of reasons to excuse his speeding, such as allegedly just buying the car and that he had to get it out of “sport mode,” and also alleges that there was another car coming and he was merely attempting to “get out before them.”
However, the driver eventually gave up these lines of reasoning and solemnly decided to tell the deputy “the truth” about why he had been speeding.
“I just found out that Putin just said he’s gonna launch nuclear thermal war against the world, and I was trying to get back to my house to find out what’s going on. I’m freaking out,” he said.
The encounter did take place on February 24th, which is the same day Russia launched its invasion of Ukraine, and Putin engaged in nuclear saber-rattling by claiming that any attempt to intervene would result in “consequences you have never seen.”
However, as shocking as the unfolding war was for people around the world, the deputy was unmoved, and evidently hadn’t heard that nuclear missiles were on their way, and didn’t appear terribly afraid of that scenario taking place. The deputy issued a citation for running a stop sign, and another one for speeding, according to WPLG-TV Miami.
Across the world, the attack has created outrage and a growing unity against Russia and particularly Putin. Starting the largest war in Europe since World War II has not been well received, and the sentiment has only been exacerbated by constant uploads of shocking atrocities being committed by Russian troops in the occupied portions of Ukraine, and the indiscriminate bombardment of civilian homes in the areas Russia is still in the process of attacking.
As of writing, Russian forces have stalled outside of Ukraine’s two major cities, Kyiv and Kharkiv, but in the south have made greater gains, with Mariupol surrounded, and Kherson finally conquered after stubborn Ukrainian resistance. Any Russian plans for a lightning blitzkrieg across the nation before the world can react appear to have completely failed, and all signs point to a slow, grinding slog through the highly motivated Ukrainian resistance.
There are no confirmed reports of Russian assets compelling people to drive faster or past stop signs in the United States as of writing.
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