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September 30, 2006

Speed cameras appeal

Writing about web page http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/5383726.stm

Ok, so I’m three days late on this. But nevertheless I have a little I want to say about this.

Basically, a couple of motorists have taken their case, of the law surrounding speed cameras (principally, that you are required to incriminate yourself) breaches the “you have the right to remain silent” bit of human rights, to the EU courts. I think a lot of the discussion related to this case is misdirected as drivers trying to get off tickets. Whilst I can’t speak for others, that’s not how I feel. If I get caught fairly and squarely breaking the law, I deserve to face the consequences. If I choose to speed, then it’s my responsibility entirely to avoid getting nicked. What annoys me about this case is the government’s contempt for obeying the laws that it writes. In much the same way that human rights campaigners get annoyed with anti-terrorism legislation because of the questionable ways it bypasses legislation on human rights, so it annoys me that the government cannot be bothered to legislate correctly in accordance with other laws it has already passed, and instead chooses a half-arsed method of enforcing speeding laws with questionable legality. Is that really such a ridiculous objection? To ask that the government does it’s job properly for once? I know it’s asking a lot, but it is perhaps what we should hold them to nonetheless.


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