Agree with the sentiment but for one problem and that is there are already those that will drive their cars regarless of having a license therefore no road tax therfore no insurance therefore no MOT. Life-banning people will just increase that number. :sad:safewalrus said:If the modern idiom of 'rights' gets to bear it will be a complete waste of time, if on the other hand we go with the Scandinavian system - found guilty you loose your licence - permanently! it will be worth it!
i like that punishment. i hate drink drivers i put them in a simular line of druggies. i lost an old shipmate and good friend to some drink driver when he we returning back on board after weekend. since that day i have n problem reporting drink drivers i have even threatened my dad with it when he once tried to drive. and how come the driver is always the one that seems to be able to walk away :twisted:safewalrus said:What a sensible idea for a change - now if we can back it with a serious punishment it will be of use. If the modern idiom of 'rights' gets to bear it will be a complete waste of time, if on the other hand we go with the Scandinavian system - found guilty you loose your licence - permanently! it will be worth it!
 Figures show Hampshire police is almost at full strength but officers are under so much strain, due to the pressure of red tape and staff shortages is stopping them from getting out on the beat.onions said:I don't have a problem with it, but on what pretext are they going to stop you? If it is just on a whim or random number, then I don't agree with it.  Also when are they going to to it? All day, everyday? If so, where are all the extra coppers coming from? Hampshire Constabulary have already stated that they DO NOT chase up motorists who have been caught on the Number Plate Registration system, driving with no tax, no insurance or no license, because they do not have the manpower!
Peter said:With regards to the random drink tests, that is actually in force. It is done in the town in which I live every so often, the police will pull over every second motorcar and breathalyse the driver. While they are there they also check his/her tax disc as well.
I don't actually agree that we should introduce the Scandinavian penalty, as I believe that the punishment already in UK Law is satisfactory enough. If a man is found guilty of driving when over the alcohol-limit but hasn't actually caused any damage or injury, why should he be banned for life? Certainly he has displayed an irresponsible attitude and should be dealt with, but is not the inconvenience of re-taking a driving test justice enough?
If a man is found guilty of driving when over the alcohol-limit and in doing so been the cause of a major road accident resulting in death or injury, then throw the book at him and ban him from driving for life. Two years detention at her majesties pleasure should also assist the man in realising his error.
Also, on a separate note, more a possible solution to the shortage of police constables. Why not dispense with Community Support Officers and turn them into PC's? Similar role. Go on the beat in local areas, regulating the local communities, dealing with civil issues, with full powers of arrest.