March 16th, 2010

Talking of numpties

Posted in The Job - General by 200

Being in the police should mean that nothing surprises you yet I never cease to be amazed at the intelligence of some motorists.

They leave their engines running while the car defrosts or as they nip in the local newsagents for a paper & wonder why their car gets nicked. They leave laptops & handbags on the seat in their unattended cars & are surprised when the window gets smashed & their goodies disappear. They buy watches & laptops at motorway service stations off complete strangers & are shocked to discover the items are fake or non-existent.

Every winter you see drivers easing their way down the roads with a few square inches of ice or snow rubbed off their windscreens, peering through the tiny hole which affords them their view of the road, too lazy to clear their windscreen properly.

Dorset Police have been running a road safety campaign recently in which they have targeted motorists for bad & dangerous driving. They have picked up nearly 2,500 offences including dangerous driving, using a mobile phone at the wheel & no seatbelt. Their best example is a 53-year-old female driver who was making her way along the road with the bonnet fully up. She was peering through the gap under the bonnet at the bottom of her windscreen & explained to officers that the bonnet catch was broken & she was driving to a garage to get it repaired.


Some people…

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  1. shijuro says:

    sexist pig

    March 17th, 2010 at 08:37

  2. pc hawkeye says:

    I laugh at the people driving to work in freezing conditions with no windscreen at all, it having shattered when the kettle of boiling water was applied.

    March 17th, 2010 at 09:38

  3. Legal Eagle says:


    You couldn’t make it up!

    March 17th, 2010 at 13:44

  4. Hogday says:

    Dealt with a fatal – car vs bicycle. Cyclist was doing everything right on a bright sunny morning. Commuting motorist had cleard a slit of frost with his plastic credit card. Wipes out cyclist who was out of his peripheral vision. I delivered the death message to the 34 yr old wife and 5 year old daughter. I wanted to kill the driver myself, but I spared him and he lived to tell the tale. Spooky thing, I dealt with an almost identical fatal almost a year to the day. Thankfully, for my peace of mind, it was not the same driver. As you can tell, it still gets to me.

    March 17th, 2010 at 14:32

  5. Eddie says:

    Some of these people are the same folk who buy ten grand’s worth of car for five grand, cash or cheque, off a bloke they meet in a car park, and then act surprised when it turns out to be stolen.

    Or fit out their Corsa (always seems to be a Corsa) with bodykit and mods costing more than the car itself is worth, forget to declare it to the insurers or fit it properly, then wonder why their pride and joy fails it’s MOT and the insurance company gets the hump at them when they (inevitably) crash it. Bonus points for low profile nearly-slick tyres after too many car park doughnuts leading to loss of control at the first sign of rain.

    Then there are those who follow boy racer etiquette at roundabouts- approach in whichever lane has the shortest queue, and cut everyone up to get where you’re going. One day, I hope to see one of them pitted against one of the “Give way only to things that are actually exploding” drivers in their inevitable Merc. Lessons both sides.

    I do sometimes wonder if ANPR-triggered cameras in the style of Truvelo cameras, automatically photographing the uninsured, untaxed, unroadworthy, would be a better use of technology than just red light or speed cameras. Put one at every entrance to a housing estate I know, and some people would almost certainly get FPNs every day. That ought to put a dent in their day. London’s Ring of Steel, meet Sussex’s newly-named Ring of Bastard.

    Unfortunately, I don’t think the scamera partnerships can be trusted not to fine everything in sight for technicalities or oversights, like parking ticket officers are alleged to, and even if this came to pass, I’m sure someone would find a way to game the system, even if the cameras weren’t cut down or set fire to as soon as the local scrotes work out where the tickets are coming from.

    March 17th, 2010 at 17:14

  6. Tony F says:

    Any town center type CCTV equipment could be tied into ANPR. My personal gripe though is with the tossers that do not know how to operate their lights/indicators correctly.

    March 17th, 2010 at 17:50

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