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10,000 violent offenders are let off each year
It has always been my firm view that the criminal justice system is unduly harsh towards those who commit motoring offences. Motorists regularly find themselves before the court appealing a driving ban as a result of relatively minor offences where nobody has been harmed and no property damaged.
Contrast that with the fact that the police have confirmed that up to 1 in 8 violent offences each year are being dealt with by the offender being cautioned. No fine, no legal expenses, no court appearance...nothing. Get 4 fixed penalties over a three year period and you stand to lose your driving licence...job...home. Do not tell me that is justice.
Driving In The Middle Lane? Face a £60 Fine!
The war against the motorist continues! How worrying is it that government statistics show record numbers of people receiving cautions for serious criminal offences and yet the police have just received new powers in the fight to make the world a safer place by being able to issue on the spot fines for motorists hogging the middle lane.
Did somone really spend time wondering how the policing of our great nation could be improved and come up with this?
Whilst we all get irritated by middle lane hoggers, the problem will become one of definition. At what point are you hogging the middle lane? After all, The Highway Code advises that motorists should not change lanes unnecessarily. The decision will become that of the police officer exclusively. Their evidence will not require corroboration by anybody else or for example a speed recording device. The undoubted consequence of this developement is that the number of motorists receiving penalty points for "careless driving" will massively increase.
I have recently seen an increase in motorists obsessively lurching into the inside lane of the motorway, almost inevitably then undertaking a driver in the middle lane. I am to be convinced that this improves motorway safety. It will however markedly increase Government revenue from the motorist. Surely that couldnt have been the motivation behind this increase in police powers...
Analysis: Is There Proof Speed Cameras Reduce Speeding?
It is regularly said by the powers that be, that the presence of speed cameras on our roads improves road safety by reducing traffic speed.
However, a careful examination of the facts does not support this. The most profitable speed camera has been identified as an average speed check on the M60 at Stockport, Greater Manchester. This system has been there for years. One would expect therefore, that traffic moving along that stretch of motorway would be moving at 50mph. Not so. Recent police figures show that in the last 3 years it has generated £1.9 million through motorists being fined.
Given that fixed penalty speeding tickets are £60 a time it is not hard to work out that despite the presence of these speed cameras, a huge volume of motorists have broken the speed limit. Clearly they don't work. They do however generate further government revenue out of the motorist. I remain to be convinced that money is not taking priority over issues of safety.
Our Criminal Courts Are Empty, But Our Traffic Courts Are Full
As regular followers of my blog will be aware I genuinely believe that the forces of Law and Order devote far more time to prosecuting the motorist than they do chasing serioius criminals.
Most Prosecutions are for Low Level Offences
Whilst one must accept the need to police our highways in order to ensure that they run smoothly and stay safe, the reality is that most motoring prosecutions are for low level speeding offences. In Cumbria, the traffic police will issue you with a ticket for driving at 77mph on the motorway. There can be no real argument that this has anything to do with road safety. In my experience speeding cases are always prosecuted by the Police and the Crown Prosecution Service.
Attitude of Prosecution Lawyers
What's even more amazing is the attitude of Prosecution lawyers in these cases. They devote huge amounts of their time and energy trying to obtain a conviction in a low level speeding case, yet for thousands of offences involving violence they authorise the Police to administer a caution.
Some may say this is not true. But believe me it is. Take a look in any of the Magistrate Courts up and down the land. The Criminal Courts are deserted. Which one is always full to bursting?...The Traffic Court.
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