By its very definition, speed is a rate. Miles per hour. Meters per second. Parsecs per microcentury.
- High rate of speed is redundant.
- High rate of miles per hour.
- High miles per hour of miles per hour.
Savvy? The redundancy of “high rate of speed” isn’t necessary.
Now consider this scenario.
“Sir, do you know why I pulled you over? You are driving at a high rate of speed.”
The next time I get a speeding ticket I’ll educate the law enforcement officer of his error in the science of reasoning.
“And do you know why I was purposely speeding, officer? So you would pull me over for a traffic stop. And now I can inform you ‘high rate of speed’ is redundant. I understand law enforcement officers are prone to stating ‘high rate of speed.’ By definition speed is a rate. It is unnecessary qualifying speed as a rate.
“It is the same as saying ‘high rate of miles per hour of miles per hour.
“So now you know. Speed is a rate. And high rate of speed is redundant.
“Now go tell your fellow law enforcement officers and be sure to let them know I am the one who educated you and by extension I educated them. In case they want to send me a fruit basket. You have my contact info on that paper I just signed.
“You’re welcome, officer. I’m fond of kiwi and peaches but not pineapple. Have a lovely rest of your day.”
This is an excellent idea because law enforcement officers enjoy and appreciate being educated and corrected, especially during a traffic stop where I’ve been speeding. With no repercussions. With heartfelt thanks. Just not at a high rate a speed.