Friday, 28 December 2012

Merry fucking Christmas from the police

A notice of intended prosecution for speeding came through the door today - details posted here will be sparse for legal reasons. I don't expect any sympathy from readers either.

There's three things that piss me off about this - the timing is annoying given we've just spent a load of money over Christmas, the infraction was so minor and we're talking just over the speed limit here, but perhaps worst of all is the bluntness of the NIP; my reaction to it, like with any unexpected bill, was "fuck you". Now that isn't the attitude it should engender and does nothing for road safety whereas pulling someone over they believe to be speeding and giving them a bollocking before sending them on their way is likely to be far more effective at getting the message across. You win hearts and minds by reasoning with people, not by sending them an anonymous demand for £60. That this approach is taken means that it is all about revenue raising and not keeping the roads safe.

I'm fortunate that this is an irritant rather than a financial burden and since work is quiet I have some time to challenge it. So I'll be demanding the usual photographs, equipment calibration and operator training certificates, and anything else relevant to at the very least cost them money and waste their time but with a view to having the NIP rescinded. If an offence has taken place then we'll take the hit and the police can go ahead and bank 60 cheques for £1 with a big spunky cock and balls on the back of each one. Will this change anything? No. Is this the wrong attitude to take? Possibly. Is this stupid and immature? Yep. Will it make me feel better? Definitely. 

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