Police Priorities from Brunstroms Country Plus the UK
October 28 2002 at 1:35 AM
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Heres just a small illustration of why I and many others hold fascist Brunstroms North Wales Police in utter contempt.
Following the extreme weather this weekend, Marcher, the local radio station announced this afternoon that because of the lack of resources the emergency services would only respond to a situation where 'life was actually at risk'
What did I come across a few minutes down the road at Caergwrle but the usual pride of Heddlu Gogledd Cymru lurking behind a bush with a laser speed camera.
Their priorities are quite clear.
This message has been edited by bogush from IP address 184.108.40.206 on Nov 3, 2002 12:09 AM
Richard - write to the police force involved. Write to your MP and write to the papers, both local and national. The police are taking the severe piss, and if we cause enough fuss perhaps they'll see how ridiculous they look.
Figures released in parliament recently highlight the different efforts police forces are putting into policing the speed limits. In response to a question regarding what offences motorists were being stopped for these days, details of the the number of drivers prosecuted for speeding over the last 12 months were given by John Denham, secretary of state for the Home Department.
Whilst Cumbria felt the need to prosecute 5,717 motorists, the busier region of Thames Valley prosecuted 80,759. Essex force stands out head and shoulders above the rest with 109,220 prosecutions - that's only 666 short of the total for the whole of Wales.
Looking at what other offences the police prosecute, Staffordshire comes out on top for clamping down on vehicle defect offences with almost 20,000 motorists falling foul. Essex force obviously have their mind on other things despite the thousands of Essex sheds tooling about the country - they prosecuted a paltry 868 drivers for having defective vehicles.
It would appear that Essex police are single mindedly persuing motorists breaking the speed limit. However if you drive around in a deathtrap below the speed limit you can be safe in the knowledge that plod probably won't bother you.
If the Government want their road safety strategy taken seriously, they need to take the police in hand and have them executing a common strategy in dealing with motorists. The current regional variations merely highlight the fact that the police enforce the laws that they want to.
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