Senior Police officer on the phone on the road

2badge_mango

War Hero
This evening's news made quite a fuss about the Chief Superintendant caught by members of his own force whilst using a hand held phone on a motorway. He received the, now statutory, £60 fine and three points on his licence. It was also pointed out that someone in his position, who would be, more than most, fully aware of the dire effects this could cause, should be setting an example to the rest of the public and not flouting the law.
Should the normal "joe bloggs" fine etc. be applicable in his case, or should he be dipped to PC and sent back to pounding the beat?

I favour the latter.

2BM
 
I think the law should be fair and as long as it is applied equally to everyone, then that is good. The cops should no more have extra punishment thatn they should be allowed to get off with it.
I come from a family of police and know many of them very well, a few years ago a Detective Chief Inspector friend had wine with his lunch and wine with his dinner, not really pissed but not driving so no matter. He gets called out around 5 am and someone hits his car. Breathalized and slightly over the limit from the night before.
OK, fair enough, over is over, he should have faced all the consequences as everyone else.
Unfortunately the (Teetotal) Chief decides and example will be made and he is dismissed from his job. NO pension! After 20 ish years of service, had to sell his house and his wife (money loving twot) walked out on him.
Is this fair? I know my view.
 

NZ_Bootneck

War Hero
Similar case recently in NZ. PC in rural small town, only cop for miles, was having a BBQand a few quites with mates on his day off. Gets an emergency call for a defibrilator required at a crash just outside the town.
Turns to, crash victim saved, fellow cop smells alcohol and asks him to blow in the bag!
Result well respected, dedicated PC in court for helping to save someones life, pleaded guilty. Judge gave him minimum fine and ban and ripped the prosecutors a new one for being such cnuts.
Won't be expecting cops who've had a few on their day off to come to the rescue now.
 

safewalrus

War Hero
Not fair Lingya - but he could have said.....Sorry mate had a few sherbets last night with my dinner, I could be over the limit send a car to pick me up! I'm a boss for fcuk's sake - rank hath it's privleges! Was he expecting to be called out? probably not was he on standby? all the time in that position! was he paid for it, of course not part of the job for the bosses; so see above about the car! Bet his relief will! or not go!

"Your there to uphold the law not break it!"
 

Oil_Slick

War Hero
I think they should throw the book at him!

The Police are always beating us over the head with how dangerous things are, speed, mobiles, eating crisps you name it…

As they say, live by the sword, die by the sword.
 

kingoftwigs

War Hero
It would be unfair to throw the book at him, I agree that he should know better and in his position he should set an example but, as has been stated above, many times examples are made of people that are totally over the top. If he was not on duty then normal rules as for civilians should apply.
Unless it's the same fcuker that caught me, then hang im!
 

Oil_Slick

War Hero
Well if we are to believe the spokespersons for the various Police Forces, using a mobile phone while driving is so dangerous, it should probably be classified as using a weapon of mass destruction. :wink:
 
One fair penalty should apply for all - you wouldn't want him to get any less punishment so why should he get any more?

He may be a highly trained driver who is capable of conducting a pursuit well in excess of 100mph and still give a running commentary as well as drive safely; we dont know, whether he is or not he knows the law and the risk he runs by breaking it and deserved what he got.

Give the guy a break - bigger twat for getting caught me thinks.

It would be interesting to find out what orders or procedures he either has, or will, send out to his officers regarding tickets for these matters - see if the twat is a hypocrite too !
 

Oil_Slick

War Hero
KLNA-Cessna-Jockey said:
One fair penalty should apply for all - you wouldn't want him to get any less punishment so why should he get any more?


Well I don't have a problem with one fair penalty for all, but it don't tend to be like that does it.

If I drive down a motorway at 3am doing 101mph I'll be using non existant public transport for 3 months, yet a Police Officer driving at 159mph can claim he was just 'familiarising' himself with his vehicle and get off.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/shropshire/4559173.stm
 
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