May 18, 2005

Police officers are speeding all the time, why do they get away with it?

Writing about web page http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/shropshire/4559173.stm

Police officers are speeding all the time, why do they get away with it? With reference to the case of PC Mark Milton who has been cleared of dangerous driving and also police in general in my personal experience are mocking the very thing safety cameras are campaigning against. In a report from the BBC I read the officer admitted to driving 60mph in a 30mph zone, which to anyone else can result in a ban. He claimed the road was clear and driving conditions were good even so at 60 it takes roughly 16 car lengths to stop, a child runs out he wouldn’t be able to stop clear road or not. I personally adhere to the speed limits at all times, but I am fed up of being tailgated by both other angry motorists and overtaken (in some cases quite dangerously) by these motorists and in the past police also. What is the actual law about police officers speeding, can they do it when they like, or only with there blue lights on? I personally see it as the police setting a bad example to other road users when they themselves ignore speed limits, and publicity of cases such as the one mentioned, which travelling at 159mph over twice the speed limit and rough stopping distance of 95 car lengths is accepted by the courts on the grounds of he’s a policeman is a mockery and counter production to what the police are trying to achieve with speed cameras and casualty reduction partnerships.

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  1. Chris May

    I read somewhere else that the 'more than 60MPH' was in fact 84 MPH. In a 30 limit. That guy, and his boss, should loose his job and his licence. 'Familiarising himself with a new car' is the lamest excuse I've ever heard. Grrrr….

    18 May 2005, 17:14

  2. Ad Astra

    This result should noy really surprise anybody, I knew a traffic policeman who regularly drove over 50mph in a 30 limit because he was late for work, and then book motorists for travelling at 38mph in a 30 limit.
    There was no excuse for this excessive speed, I am an advanced driver so could I use the same excuse if caught speeding?

    25 May 2005, 19:37

  3. michael hickley

    I am not surprised that cops are speeding.I drive a bus in Nottingham 5 days a week and have seen two cops driving a cop car whilst using a mobile phone.If only I had caught them on my camera phone.The sun and sky news would have a field day.Another menace with cops is they put their blues and siren on,get over a red light,then turn them off again.Perhaps they are in a hurry to get back to the station with their £1 a head chinese suppers before they go cold eh? If cops can break speed limits and get away with it claiming “vehicle familiarity”,then they can dispose of my alleged speeding charge.Or is it a law for us and a law for them?Oh sorry,I forgot…cops only get paid for catching motorists and not criminals.

    15 Nov 2006, 10:54


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