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159mph speeding charge Pc cleared

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Gwenick Wed 18-May-05 14:17:54

amazed how can they clear him just because he's a good police officer???

Gobbledigook Wed 18-May-05 14:31:17

Outrageous - even if he's an advanced driver (which does impact on your ability to drive at this speed more safely than average Joe), like the article said, this speed can't be justified on a public road.

It sounds like the whole story isn't there - was he driving a police car? It doesn't sound like he was just driving his own car wrecklessly (even though I reiterate, the speed is not justified anyway).

marialuisa Wed 18-May-05 14:34:21

It's amazingly fast, but in fairness, doing high speeds on a deserted motorway in the middle of the night isn't quite the same as doing 100+ on a busy road in the day. Still at just how fast though!

We had a lift along the M1 in a police car at 2 am once, it was deserted and they were going well over 100 just to get us to a petrol station.

marialuisa Wed 18-May-05 14:34:47

yes GDG, it was a police car.

megandsoph Wed 18-May-05 14:38:56

practise what u preach, or punish others for in my opinion

megandsoph Wed 18-May-05 14:40:54

doesn't matter if it has a blue light on top or writing on the back with police... if they aren't chasing someone why should they get away with it

Gwenick Wed 18-May-05 14:42:07

exactly megandsoph - would we say it was ok for Michael Schumacher to race down the M1 at 3am at 157mph............because the roads are quiet and he's a good driver???

marialuisa Wed 18-May-05 14:56:10

I just think you have to look at the risk to others (not that great) rather than just the speed, that's all.

But I have the delights of doing about 500 miles a week on motorways in daylight hours so my take on what sort of driving is most dangerous to others is a bit skewed.

Gwenick Wed 18-May-05 14:58:08

I just think you have to look at the risk to others (not that great) rather than just the speed, that's all.

So it would be ok if all the professional drivers and motorbikers in the country decided to race up and down the motorways in the middle of night in excess of 120mph would it??? After all - most of htem are probably better drivers than many of the best police officers...........

suedonim Wed 18-May-05 15:08:37

What was his defence? I mean, the roads where I live in NE Scotland are pretty quiet compared to 'Darn Sarf' so is it okay if I drive at over 100mph from now on?

Anteater Wed 18-May-05 15:12:10

I heard on the radio that he left his own car video running by mistake, which is how the news came out..
I for one am more worried about the lack of IQ rather than the high speed..

[mumble mumble speed cameras mumble]

dizzymama Wed 18-May-05 22:29:37

84 mph in a 30 zone, no matter what time ofnight it was, someone could have walked infront of him, would they have been so lenient (that's bad sp!)then?

TwoIfBySea Thu 19-May-05 22:19:54

I know they have to practise driving at speed for emergency response but to do so in residential roads is insane. There should be (and I thought there was) police traffic training centres or at least areas they can cordon off (industrial estates or similar.)

Regardless of the fact it was late at night someone could have been killed.

There truly is one rule for them and another for us (one that has points and fines that are damn quick to appear!)

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