May 20, 2005

Speed Camera Partnership Response

Follow-up to Police officers are speeding all the time, why do they get away with it? from Jim's blog

To follow up what I wrote I passed on my feelings to the West Yorkshire Casualty Reduction partnership to which they answered as follows:

This matter has gone through the due process of law and as such I could not
make comment on individual cases.

As far as I know police must be on official duties and must be able to
justify the speed at which they are travelling. There are many instances
where enforcement action has been taken against serving police officers.


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  1. It makes me so angry to see these pigs abusing their position and then laughing in the face of the justice system. I believe somebody got a prison sentence for doing less than 159mph not so long ago.

    Apologies for this rant – a little childish I know – but it makes me so angry. What can be done about it?

    20 May 2005, 15:45

  2. Nothing can be done about it, this is the problem. You can be charged with speeding on the basis of a police officers professional opinion. So effectively if they saw you driving down gibbet hill road with no equipment they could charge you with speeding. The problem is no one polices the police, only other police officers. I don't even know if you would have any grounds to report a police officer speeding. I mean when I travel 30mph in a 30 zone I don't expect police to be overtaking me without a good reason, eg blue lights. But then again they put them on whenever. I once saw a line of 5 police cars driving with their lights on late at night clearly just because the shifts were changing seen as though they all pulled into the police station :-S.

    20 May 2005, 16:17

  3. Hmm, I thought that a Police Officer's opinion wasn't enough for a conviction (except, curiously, on motorways). I'm pretty sure that's correct – they need their opinion and radar evidence to convict you. A friend of mine was doing 60 in a 30 (stupid I know); he passed a police car going the other way but got off scot-free because he wouldn't admit to doing more than 30.

    A police car following him of course would have been a different matter.

    There are some very good websites which deal with the Law regarding to this sort of thing. One thing I would say is always demand a day in court, rather than a fixed penalty. If every driver who accepted a fixed penalty went to court, the system would jam pretty quickly.

    20 May 2005, 17:12


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