Yeah but……

It’s one of those phases that drives me nuts!  Yeah but….  Used as a way of explaining why you think you have the right to do something you shouldn’t be doing. I don’t mean to preach, and I don’t want to sound like I think I’m perfect.  I am not.  But, how many times have you heard these:

It’s against the law to text or read texts while you are driving.  “Yeah but I was just answering a quick question”

It’s against the law to talk on your cell phone unless it’s hands free.  “Yeah but I was expecting a call and I had it on speakerphone so it was sort of hands free”

It’s against the law to speed.  “Yeah but I was running late”

You have to have your kids buckled into a car seat.  “Yeah but we were only going down the street, it’s fine.

The sign says no right on red.  “Yeah but I looked and nobody was coming”

It’s against the law to drive without a license.  “Yeah but I’m a careful driver”

I don’t think a police officer or a judge will take “Yeah but” as an excuse for anything.  And they shouldn’t.  You might think Yeah but works sometimes.  Other times, someone can get killed or seriously injured.  And what kind of example are we giving our kids?  They can do anything they want as long as they have their Yeah but excuse handy.  Again, I don’t mean to preach and I know I am not perfect.  I just think we should stop looking for ways to excuse the things we are doing instead of just not doing them.  If you put them on a scale, I’m sure someone’s life is more important than answering a quick question.  I can almost hear it now, “Yeah but what if that life is real good for nothing jerk”