Thursday, July 03, 2008

Travel Notes II

Got done for ‘speeding’. 42mph in a 30mph zone.

As you can see from the picture (taken by a mobile speed camera van from around half a mile away) I was clearly a menace to all the other road users. Oh, there weren’t any. I was a danger to pedestrians. Oh, there weren’t any. It was a built up area. No houses, buildings, anything. Accident black spot? No. Dangerous bend? No. Poor road conditions? No. Poor visibility? No. It was dark? No. Raining? No.

What exactly is the point in this? Except to collect £60 and award 3 points. Cheers.

So that’s a career of two speeding fines (the old one has lapsed), and on both occasions there hasn’t been another car or pedestrian around. The police drivers manual Roadcraft says that ‘the choice of speed must be related to the driver’s ability, the type, condition and limitations of the vehicle and the prevailing road and traffic conditions’. Of course enforcing that would require actual policing skills as opposed to pointing a camera.

Rant over.

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