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Thursday, June 19, 2008

Them Killer Drivers

Once again, travesty as a MURDERER receives just a £2500 fine. I am sure Brake will have something to say about the driver of a dustcart who caused fatal injuries running over an old lady and today walked free from court. When will people realise that all traffic trials should be presided over by a panel of people each of whom has had a relatives killed in a car crash?

The anti-motoring lobby had been on the up until this point. Recently we saw the introduction of the offence of Death by Careless Driving, whereby those savage sadists who maliciously forget to check their blind spot can finally get their comeuppance. Therefore today's sentence is a slap in the face for those brave souls who have campaigned tirelessly to make it compulsory for drivers to wear prominent armbands displaying a skull and crossbones at all times.

The world will not be safe until we stamp out the scourge that is DRIVING altogether!



For some reason, when I enforce speeding like this, I don't get the response "Haven't you got anything better to do?"







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24 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bravo PC Bloggs. I agree totally. Who hasnt had a bad day when we looked in the mirror and didnt see something or just mistimed looking at the mirror. Who hasnt tried to pull out on the motorway only to discover that someone has crept into your blindspot. Most of the time nothing happens, but Christ on a bike, can we not just acknowledge that bad things sometimes happen*?

* Well obviously not since according to the ads on telly, InjurySolicitorClaims4everynit will persecute anyone who might have some cash and be in the vicinity of blame.

19 June, 2008 23:50

 
Blogger Buffalo Bill said...

Yeah, bad things happen - but if straightforward negligence leads to injury and death (which is what we are talking about here) then surely the person responsible should be held to account? 'Sorry mate, I didn't see you' doesn't really cut it when the victim is looking at a long stay in hospital and lengthy rehab.

Personally, I would rather not see a 'killer' driver go to jail - but I don't think that it's appropriate to let them back behind the wheel.

From your flippant attitude, I guess that you must not work in Traffic.

20 June, 2008 07:59

 
Blogger uncommon said...

Ellie,

As one of those whose had two members of his immediate family killed on the roads, I do take a rather less sympathetic attitude.

"Haven't you got anything better to do?"

Whenever a punter used to offer me that chestnut: they would gain the response, "Not for about the next two hours, no".


brendan

20 June, 2008 09:02

 
Blogger AngryDave said...

New government taxation and the forests of greed cameras will soon put an end to those 'evil drivers', especialy those who cannot afford the latest taxes.

20 June, 2008 10:00

 
Blogger Ex-RUC said...

Gosh, Ellie, you do look good! No wonder Insp Gadget is keeping you for himself!

20 June, 2008 11:57

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I bit disappointed by this post. Yes, I am a traffic officer and yes, it probably gives me a slightly biased view. I do not care what people think about cameras and I do not care if you "just made a mistake," the only think that matters is preventing the filling of another bodybag. If you stabbed the victim to death, there would be public outcry, so why is killing somebody on the road socially acceptable?

20 June, 2008 12:09

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

MMM
nice photo
mmmm

thanks!

20 June, 2008 12:38

 
Anonymous TheBinarySurfer said...

So, you finally posted a picture of yourself Ms Bloggs.

Stand-by for every copper in the country visiting the site...

20 June, 2008 13:06

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Throughout the entire investigation, all I have wanted was recognition that this was not purely an accident and there was someone at fault," she said. "This has been proven today."

Glad we established that. I'm sure grandma feels better too.

20 June, 2008 13:41

 
Anonymous sto girl said...

anon 12:09 - "if you stabbed a victim to death", then you have set out to kill somebody. If you accidentally kill someone on the road, you have not. Slightly different I think. No one is saying that people shouldn't EVER be jailed for car accidents, but someone failing to check their blind spot is not the same as someone drunk, disqualified and racing other drivers wiping someone out with negligence and lack of regard for human life. Get things in perspective - these incidents are not the same.

20 June, 2008 14:05

 
Anonymous Dave H. said...

I know my Highway Code: one's a 50Kmh speed limit and the other's an uneven road. (God, I don't think I've heard that one in 30 years).

To Anon @12:09,
the bereaved may never accept the idea, but killing by mistake* is in a different league to killing deliberately. I'm a bit surprised a genuine Traffic Officer (or any PC) would make a comment like that.

A few people are killed each year by emergency vehicles, in fact a Police Officer killed a Nurse right in front of me. No-one except police-haters or close relatives of the dead (with reasoning distorted by grief) would charge the drivers with murder, though finding a 'just' punishment for a lethal mistake is a really tough call.

*I don't believe you're likely to do it twice in quick succession, Mr Huntley.

20 June, 2008 15:23

 
Blogger uniform said...

Doctors kill people by mistake , they may face the GMC and a panel , they may even be struck off , but rarely imprisoned for their mistake.

Airlines crash , ferries sink , hundreds die , but no one goes to prison.

Children get run over on their own drive by their own parents ,and quite rightly , no one goes to prison.

20 June, 2008 19:19

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"...Get yourself on Big Brother; their always looking for social misfits..."

Uniform, you're quite right. We cannot have stereotypes of dumb cops who don't even know the difference between "their" and "they're"

Can we?

20 June, 2008 22:34

 
Blogger Boy on a bike said...

They're not "accidents". That somehow implies an act of God.

When vehicles collide with each other or with people, someone has stuffed up. When you get in your car, I expect you to be alert and paying attention for your entire journey, to keep your car in a roadworthy condition and to drive to the road, traffic and weather conditions - and within your ability.

Someone should always cop the blame.

21 June, 2008 08:54

 
Anonymous pcR said...

I agree with anonymous 20 June, 2008 12:09.
As a pedestrian, I think I should be able to walk wherever the hell I like, and just because there is a huge yellow lorry reversing towards me, with an engine noisier than a 747 revving up and one of those deafing beepers going off indicating that it is reversing, I should be free to walk behind it if I want. And if I get knocked down, I should be exonerated of all responsibility for my own actions.
Hanging too good for that driver. Coming round here, picking up rubbish....

21 June, 2008 13:33

 
Blogger uncommon said...

I think Ellie has been bubbled: here she is:

http://www.pbase.com/jabtas/image/98987237


brendan

21 June, 2008 13:49

 
Blogger PC Bloggs said...

Apologies for the edits, but a certain commenter is barred, whatever name he/she uses, so I've deleted all comments relating too. Sorry!

21 June, 2008 19:06

 
Blogger uniform said...

sorry if I fed this troll , but I don't like cyber bullies who think they can depict the Police as thick.

21 June, 2008 20:09

 
Anonymous David said...

BANANA-SKIN KILLER WALKS FREE

A middle-aged man who caused the death of an elderly woman walked free from court to-day, after he received a £50 fine for littering. Kevin Dullard, 55, dropped a banana skin on the pavement, which was later trodden on by an elderly lady, causing her to slip over and be fatally wounded. The editor of the Daily Mail described as "ludicrous" the fact that sentencing guidelines do not allow magistrates to take account of the consequences of people's actions.

23 June, 2008 10:23

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice photograph but who's that holding you up?

23 June, 2008 21:47

 
Anonymous MarkUK said...

Surely intent comes into play here. After all, the legal system is based on what we intend as much as what we do. If not, how could we have crimes like conspiracy and intended murder?

Kill someone intentionally and it's murder. Kill someone recklessly and it's manslaughter. Kill someone by misjudgement or by making a minor error and it's ..what?

It's not the consequences of the crime that make it serious, it's the intent behind the action.

23 June, 2008 22:22

 
Blogger uncommon said...

Mark,

If you were a politician: you would read the runes.

500 or so murders per year: how many die on the roads?

3 grand or so?

And: I'd say: with a personal emphasis....what family do you know that is free of the sceptre of death from the road?


brendan

23 June, 2008 22:27

 
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