Police Scotland are in dire financial trouble. They need to find £1.1 Billion by 2026.
It's not known yet where they intend to find this money, but there's absolutely no doubt that top of their cash-cow list will be the humble motorist.
There is no other group of innocent members of the public who nod, submit, and pay up without question every time Mr Plod points his haughty finger at them than the otherwise law abiding motorist.
In fact, it is because the average motorist is an otherwise good and decent law-abiding citizen that he does pay up without question.
Easy money for the police.
On the other hand, catching murderers, rapists, and burglars does not make money for untrustworthy Police Scotland. It costs them money.
Just one in five victims of rape report it to Police Scotland because they have no confidence in police (see http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/671304/rapes-unreported-victims-lose-confidence-Scottish-Police-SNP).
Police really coin it in from lesser crimes like traffic offences. That's why you see so many speed cameras and radar traps when you drive around every day.
The facts are that the vast majority of members of the public would never have any interaction with Police Scotland whatsoever if it wasn't for traffic offences.
So with £1.1 Billion to find in the next 10 years there's no doubt who Police Scotland are going to be targeting.
The fact that all of those otherwise law abiding motorists - completely disgusted at being made in to criminals for a minor traffic violation - then pledge never to help the police ever again seems to be unimportant to Police Scotland.
Amazingly I still regularly see reports in the press where a major crime has been committed and Police Scotland complain that they are facing a wall of silence from the public who refuse to talk to them or help them with their enquiries.
I'm sorry, but what bit of this are Police Scotland not 'getting'?
The public do not trust the police, that's why they don't help the police.
Here's my suggestion to Police Scotland.
When you go in to a community and you're trying to get co-operation from the public, check how many own a motor vehicle.
Check how many used to be teenagers who you used to 'stop and search' for no reason in the past.
Check how many you detained and arrested who hadn't done anything wrong.
Check how many you acted like a 'big man' in front of just so you could throw your weight and your authority around and make yourself feel important.
Then you may just start to begin understand that in this life you reap what you sow.
And you may just start to begin to understand why we, the public, do not help the police any more.