It's one rule for them....

Discussion in 'Current Affairs' started by Shakey, Jul 25, 2006.

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  1. .....and another for the rest of us.

    If you get pinged for speeding, you know they'll do their damndest to give you the summons within the fourteen days specified by the Road Traffic Act.

    However, if a copper speeds, it seems they'll just let it lie on the books until it's 'timed out'.

    I think the fact that an unco-operative drunk driver was being arrested is irrelevant in this instance.

    Copper does 124mph and gets away with it.

    Things like this only result in a lowered public perception of the police.
  2. Im with you shakey.....the rules should apply to all road users.

    Ive no problem with them speeding when they have their lights and sirens going, but just to get someone to the cop shop before his alcohol level drops is a bit of abusing ones position/status.

  3. welcome to British Justice!
  4. Dont know whether to laugh or cry , bloody joke it is :twisted: :evil:
  5. dont know the full circumstances but I have to agree that this does seem to be well out of order. If the guy had been cutting up then he should of been put in a police van which is equipped to deal with violent prisoners if he wasnt then what justification has the officer got for doing that speed NONE.

  6. If I may correct you on a small point. If a person is done for speeding, the authorities only have to issue a Notice Of Intended Prosecution within 14 days. It does not have to be delivered to the recipient within 14 days. If the case is going to be dealt with by way of a summons they have got up to 6 months to deliver it. Just for info.
  7. Ok - so he drove at speeds of up to 124 mph. Nobody died! (this time).

    Seriously though, I agree the need to get their prisoner back to the station is irrevelant here. It's not as if he was trying to interfere with the copper driving. The need to get him back in time to carry out a blood test (presumably before it left his system) just cannot warrant putting other members of the public at risk by such wreckless speeds. We see numerous examples every year of police cars being involved in collisions with innocents whilst driving at speed.

    The copper should have at least been moved to another type of work as punishment.

    Shame on them.

  8. I dont see what the problem is, he was carrying out his duty, not just testing the car for how it handled like a previous case. If the bloke he was ferrying had been drink driving and had got off as his alcohol/blood ratio had dropped all hell would have been let loose for letting a drink driver off. I for one think drink drivers should be strung up and treated as murder or attempted murderers.

    Good on the cops (in this case), get drink drivers off the roads and behind bars!

    rant out
  9. Pots, if this is the case then why didn't he have blues and twos on?

    I don't agree with drink driving either but to me this case stinks of police cover up.
  10. As anybody can tell you, you only use them when traffic is impeding your progress!

    These drivers are trained to drive at such speeds, similar course to ones conducted for certain personnel driving in NI. They (contrary to popular belief) do know what they are doing, very hard course with high failure rate.

    In response to the posting earlier, the police give chase if it is safe to do so, if they didnt give chase and a w.....ker killed someone the sh1t would hit the fan again. They are in a no win situation, damned if you do damned if you dont. Thought posters on here would appreciate that given the current clime. I went through similar in NI, we need to be lucky all the time, they need to be lucky once!
  11. I thought that they were also used to warn other, possibly unseen, drivers and pedestrians of your approach not just to tell those in front of you to get out of the way.

    I thought the SF driving course was harder than the civvies blues and twos course. Also I would have thought they had exemptions due to the clandestine nature of their work.
  12. The idea is to be able to pre-empt the drivers actions in front of you, if you think they are about to manouevre into your way then you hit the siren, some tell you to keep it going all the time, basically it is your call, You get the training you make the call, if the sh1t hits the fan you have to be able to justify your actions.

    The SF stuff, cannot really say in an open forum, but there are times when you need to be openly overt about your presence and other times you need to try and outrun the plod that are pursuing you.

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