Police leaders have expressed concern over proposals to penalise drivers who break the speed limit by 1mph, saying it is “out of touch” and the current scheme is “not soft on drivers”.
The comments were in response to Chief Constable Anthony Bangham, of West Mercia Police, who suggested ending the 10% “buffer” over speed limits.
Existing guidance suggests police should only issue penalties for drivers caught at 10% plus 2mph over the limit – for example 35mph in a 30mph zone.
According to the Daily Mail, Mr Bangham, National Police Chiefs’ Council lead on road policing, said in a speech at the Police Federation Roads Policing Conference on Tuesday: “They should not come whinging to us about getting caught. If booked at 35 or 34 or 33 (in a 30mph zone) that cannot be unfair because they are breaking the law.”
He also said speeding awareness courses were being used too widely instead of penalty points and fines.
“How disconnected from reality can you get?
Burglaries & violent crimes are rocketing, road fatalities from speeding have never been lower, but this wanker, Chief Constable Anthony Bangham, of West Mercia Police, wants the 10% buffer on speeding cars removed thus making limits rigid.
It’s a well established fact that the speed cameras are nothing but a money making exercise.
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