Her excuse? She didn't even realize how fast she was going. Perhaps Cadillacs have gotten too smooth?
The problem with Cadillac trying to copy German automakers by making smooth rides and brisk performance a staple of the brand is that nobody is ready for what this new crop of Caddys can handle. We experienced the surprise of wonderful handling, brisk acceleration, and the feeling that none of that performance was felt until looking at the speedometer while behind the wheel of the sumptuous twin-turbo CT6 that got up to speed with alarming urgency and little wind noise or ride harshness to go with it.
That lesson, however, is one that Fox News’ own Jeanie Pirro had to learn the hard way. The television judge will have her day in court after New York State Police caught her doing 119 mph in a 65 mph zone, according to the Daily News. The 66 year-old television persona doesn't exactly help Cadillac shed its image of a car company for those with grey hair, but her speeding habits certainly make her seem like a teenager with a new license rather than a left lane-blocking senior citizen. At least her excuse is noble. “I had been driving for hours to visit my ailing 89-year-old mom and didn’t realize how fast I was driving,” said Pirro. “I believe in the rule of law and I will pay the consequences.”
Unfortunately for the judge, her actions may have made it so that her high speed run was her last. While the $5 million in assets she has should do more than enough to cover the cost of the ticket (since the US doesn't fine citizens in a way that's proportionate to their net worth like Norway), the Department of Motor Vehicles does state that a speeding conviction where the driver is caught going more than 40 mph over the limit is punishable by a license suspension. Given that she’s well acquainted with the ways of the law, we wonder if Pirro will find it in her interest to sue Cadillac for building cars that can reach such high rates of speed with little to no warning to the driver. Little warning, that is, except for, you know, a speedometer.