Friday 18 March 2016

Putting Money Before Safety

Campaigners have called for the Scottish Government to offer speed awareness courses in some cases instead of fines and points for drivers caught speeding.

It makes sense.

These speed awareness courses have been around for many years in England and seem to have proved themselves to be an appropriate way of dealing with otherwise law abiding drivers who have just found themselves to have inadvertently wandered above the speed limit due to a momentary lapse.

Serial speedsters of course get the book thrown at them, and rightly so.

My first thought here was that police will be dead set against this. After all, the primary point of Police Scotland's existence is to make as many innocent members of the public in to criminals to falsify figures and make it look as if they are being tough on crime and doing a great job keeping us safe. (*Note to Police Scotland - prosecuting a dozen so-called 'criminals' for doing 35mph in a 30mph does not prove you're being tough on crime. Catch a dozen burglars and then I might be impressed...).

But the sweetener with speed awareness courses for police is that these courses cost the punter between £80 and £200...of which police pocket around £40.

Ah, so there could be few quid in it for them. Now it gets interesting.

But what a dilemma.

Police now have to decide whether they should opt to make themselves a whole host of £40's...but at the expense of them not getting to falsify the 'crime' figures.

Mmmm, it's a difficult one.

Of course, as everyone except untrustworthy Police Scotland knows, the question should really be what's best for the public and their safety?

But, hey, that has NEVER come in to how Police Scotland operate. Never.

You see, if public safety was paramount to our police then there would be no monetary fines at all. It would be solely points on your licence for everything - not fines.

As well as the current 3 points or more for speeding offences, you could give, say, one point, half a point, even a quarter point, for various minor road traffic infringements. The main thing here is that the serial offenders would very quickly tot up points and lose their licence. And they are the very menaces we want to keep off the roads.

What's not to like about that type of system - sounds perfect doesn't it?

Just one wee teeny thing. It doesn't raise money.

Drivers don't get fleeced, and that's not good for our boys in blue and our government who employ them.

No fines means no income. Putting serial speeders and traffic violators off the road means they don't buy cars (lost VAT revenue), don't pay insurance premiums and vehicle MOT's and repairs (more lost VAT revenue), don't pay road tax, and don't contribute fuel duty every time they fill up.

So, sorry people. Your safety is important to your police and your government - just not as important as money is to them.