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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 5th April 2007
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Did anyone happen to watch the new series of Road Wars last night? Amongst the scum appearing on the "show" was a woman pulled for driving a car with:

1. Smashed headlamp
2. Missing filler cap
3. Blown brake light

When stopped her they discovered that she had:

1. No insurance
2. No driving license

When they looked in the car they noticed:

1. That she had a toddler in the car wearing just a nappy and not in a car seat or restrained by a seatbelt

They told her to leave the car and get it sorted

Within 15 minutes they spotted her again in a different car with the same unrestrained child

So, this time, they...

...sent her on her way again and told her not to drive

Are the Police bloody stupid? In the end she was banned from driving! Well - that certainly told her. I got pulled by a copper a few months back just so he could do a vehicle check. I'm driving in to work in the morning, in a newish car that is spotless from top to bottom wearing a shirt and tie. His excuse was he wanted to check the tax and insurance. He tried to make me accept an HORT1 but I refused and he got called away by a call on his radio

Why the hell do those of us who do actually pay tax and insurance and abide the rules bother anymore?

Why the hell do we bother? To quote our brethren over at PH, it's enough to make my pi$$ boil!

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The police did a lot of telling off but made it looked like it was a minor offence with her 2 year driving ban. She had no intention of passing her test so what is the point of taking away her licence, something she has never had. I am sure she will never dare drive again.
I suppose compared with every thing else that must go on where she lives her crime is last on the list. Must go now as the dustbin men have just been and empted my wheelie bin and we have been told it is an offence to leave the bin outside on the street before or after bin day. I think the fine is £1000000.
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I do agree with what you are saying. It *is* a trivial thing and the Police do have more important stuff to worry about. However:

a) I think letting people get away with this sort of stuff is just inviting them to try to get away with worse
b) If the Police are going to stop someone for this type of behaviour, let's at least make it worth the stop
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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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