Wednesday, December 05, 2007

A little midweek pick-me-up

Police chief urged to resign after speeding ban:

One of Britian’s most senior policeman is facing calls to resign after he was banned from driving for speeding.

Meredydd Hughes, chief constable of South Yorkshire Police and former head of roads policing for the Association of Chief Police Officers, was clocked at 90mph in a 60mph stretch of the A5 in North Wales.

Mr Hughes, 49, was banned for 42 days and ordered to pay £350 in fines and costs after pleading guilty to speeding in his Audi on a trip with his family.

The conviction is the third time the officer, who in the past has called for “less conspicuous” speed cameras to slow traffic, has been caught speeding.

Road safety campaigners said he should now “seriously consider his position”.
I can barely contain my mirth over this, coming as it does hot on the heels of the latest figures revealing the scope of the Government's persecution of motorists:
Almost two million speeding tickets are being issued to motorists each year following Labour's vast expansion of the speed camera network, official figures disclosed last night.

Since the party came to power, the number of fixed penalty notices for speeding has almost trebled from 700,000 a year to more than 1.9 million, the Government statistics showed.

Coupled with an increase in the basic speeding fine, this means speeding tickets are now raising almost £120 million a year - most of which is simply ploughed back into operating the cameras.

But despite the significant increase in speeding penalties in the past 10 years, road deaths have fallen only marginally, while the number of deaths from drink-driving has remained stable.

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