On September 10th 1897 Mr George Smith became the first person to be convicted of drink driving. Whist driving his taxi he crashed into a building.
There were no breathalysers or blood tests in those days. Police officers only knew that Mr Smith was drunk because he acted drunk and because he said he was, but what they lacked was a scientific way to prove someone was too intoxicated to drive, even if he wouldn't admit it. There would have simply been a decision made by a police officer that Smith was drunk and that was final. He pleaded guilty and was fined 25 Shillings.
Until subsequent legislation was brought in to force there was no power to impose a driving ban.
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Whilst it is widely acknowledged within the criminal justice system that the police are not charging huge numbers of people who have committed criminal offences in order to keep crime numbers low , this is not the case with motoring offences.
I have recently been instructed by a motorist who sounded his horn as he drove past the police station. He is being prosecuted for driving without due care and attention. No speeding, no loss of control and no other motorists were inconvenienced. In a world where assaults are regularly being dealt with by a police caution, the public needs to be aware that 4 police officers will be required to attend a full day trial in court to decide if the motorist improperly sounded his horn.
Its comforting to know how police resources are allocated in these difficult financial times.
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So keen is the Government to widen the war against the motorist, that new laws are being drafterd by the European comission to permit the DVLA to release the full contact details of British motorists to european police if a Uk car is recorded on a speed camera abroad and a motoring offence apparently committed. This new motoring law will come into effect in May of next year.
The police christmas drink driving clampdown is now gathering pace.
So keen are they to arrest drinkl drivers that the police will now pay £1000 to anybody who reports a drink driver. What concerns me most about this is that the offer only relates to a motoring offence. No such offer is made to people who report crimes of violence or child abuse , theft or drug dealing. One cant help but conclude that the police would rather lock up motorists rather than people who commit the most serious crimes
That would explain why most criminal courts are deserted and the traffic prosecution courts are heaving with the weight of police prosecutions for motoring offences.
The war against the motorist continues with the rolling out of two new types of speed camera across large areas of the country. You may recall a year or so ago press articles proclaiming the end of the speed camera. In some areas such as Wiltshire traffic enforcement cameras could be seen covered up and out of service.
Unfortunately predictions of the speed cameras demise were premature.
Truvelo D Cam Speed Camera
The first new traffic enforcement camera to be used is the Truvelo D Cam camera. This is far smaller and much less visible than the older generation speed cameras. The real problem for the motorist is that it does not flash soyou have no idea youve been photographed. The device does not need film and so can never run out. This means that it will never be out of service, massively increasing the cameras ability to catch the errant motorist.
ZenGrab Lane Watch Mk2 Speed Camera
The second device which has many of the above characteristics is the ZenGrab Lane Watch Mk2. This even has the ability to catch motorcycles and is designed to enforce a whole range of motoring offences, not just speeding. Drive carefully.