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post #5 of (permalink) Old 5th April 2007
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I didn't see the programme, so I'm making assumptions and generalising here. So let's say I'm talking about a hypothetical, serial 'driving without a licence/insurance' offender who just happens to be female.

Really, what are the police's options?

Put her in prison? Your average social worker would argue that's not in the best interests of the kid, though I'd be inclined to say otherwise if she's regularly carrying the child unrestrained in death-trap vehicles. But in any case, we as tax payers don't really want to be paying for her keep beind bars, let alone paying social services to look after her sprog while she's in there.

Fine her? We can't do that, because she's probably already techically on the breadline. Look, she can't even afford a second hand baby seat for her child, though I'm sure she has no trouble finding the money to fund a 40 a day habit and as much WKD as she can chuck down her neck.

The one thing that they can do and should be doing is confiscating the vehicles and crushing them. Someone must own the cars, and unless they're stealing them, they're not getting them for free. If she's regularly caught and the cars are regularly crushed, then someone's going to end up seriously out of pocket.

Go on, price her off the roads. The government's doing its level best to do the same to legitimate motorists, so why not do it to the illegitimate ones too?
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