Kent [UK] Police Let Wrongful Speeding Convictions Stand

Robert Farago
by Robert Farago

I mean, how much worse can the UK's anti-speeding jihad get? Aside from actually making shit up, oh wait, that's what they did. Kent County's police officers issued speeding tickets to people who weren't speeding. (More than this and the fact that a member of the force was suspended, the police will not reveal.) So how can the Kent County constabulary act even more reprehensibly towards motorists? By not reversing the speeding fines and points illegally "awarded" to drivers. And yet, Pistonhead reports that Kent police "have dropped 200 speeding charges after allegations an officer rigged roadside checks – but do not plan to notify the rest of the motorists caught." You must be joking. Nope. According to Motorcycle News, a serving Kent officer said that not everyone caught by the operator will be notified because "files are only kept for one year and the cost would be very significant." Folks, keep in mind that one speeding conviction in the UK puts you two speeding convictions away from license revocation, with all of the economic hardship that implies. And ANY points on your license translate into higher insurance premiums. Not to mention the erosion of public confidence in/support for the police. What's it going to take to get the UK government to end this self-financing holy war against its own, otherwise law-abiding citizenry?

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  • Robert Farago Robert Farago on May 19, 2008

    I guess the cop who tweaked his gun to catch innocent motorists was just an excitable boy.

  • AJ AJ on May 19, 2008

    Wow, that story reminds me of this... "There's no way to rule innocent men. The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren't enough criminals one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws. Who wants a nation of law-abiding citizens? What's there in that for anyone?" ('Atlas Shrugged' 1957)

  • Kevin Kevin on May 19, 2008

    The funny thing is they pay twice as much for those cars that they're not allowed to drive fast in...

  • Robert Schwartz Robert Schwartz on May 19, 2008

    Mj0lnir: Sorry. It's going to be "Lawyers, Guns, and Money".