Sick Society Prosecutes Quarter of Driving Population
According to figures released by moneysupermarket.com 1
it would appear that 23.9% of British drivers have been prosecuted for a driving offence in recent years.
In any other field of life, prosecuting almost a quarter of people going about their daily lives would be derided as a poorly targeted, ineffective policy likely to alienate the public from the rule of law.
Nearly 70% of these prosecutions were for speed offences.
ABD spokesman Nigel Humphries comments:
“Surely it cannot be sensible or effective to punish millions of people with speed cameras, mostly on dual carriageways, when, in the real world, drunk, unlicenced drivers continue to kill people whilst travelling at 90mph in built up areas?”
The problem is two fold.
Firstly we have foolishly reduced many speed limits to levels where a sensible driver travelling at an appropriate speed would be breaking them, often by a considerable margin, if he read the road rather than constantly referring to the speedometer. 2
Secondly we have automated enforcement, pushed forward by a huge industry of vested interests and organisations with an anti-driver agenda.
A huge empire has built up around automated enforcement, prosecution and even the retraining industry, which fights tooth and nail to preserve itself.
“Instead of trained police officers, briefed to take action against dangerous, killer drivers, we have a system with financial incentives to seek out roads with unnecessarily low limits to catch out sensible drivers en masse.
So what's the answer? Well, it's quite simple really. Sort out the limits and people will stop complaining about enforcement. All the UK government needs to do is to revert to the safest method of setting limits, the 85th percentile method, which is proven to minimise collisions. It needs to not only issue guidance to local authorities, it needs to insist they comply. The enforcement issue will then sort itself out. This really is a no brainer.”
NOTES FOR EDITORS
1. moneysupermarket.com — A breakdown of the nation's driving convictions
2. We used to have the sound, tried and tested principle in the UK of setting limits to the safety maximising 85th percentile. This meant that only 15% of drivers travelling at their natural speed would fall foul of the law. In recent years that has been scrapped and government advice is now to set limits at the mean (average) speed of traffic. That means councils can now set limits at levels that put half of drivers outside the law.
Notes for Editors about the ABD
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