Bloody police - merry sodding Christmas
NThound · 26/12/2019 14:44
More than 2 months ago I made a bloody stupid error and just slipped through a red light in queuing traffic though I had actually noticed that a police car was a few cars behind - I don't make a habit of breaking the law, but it does make it even more stupid. He pulled me over a bit up the road (which was horrible - never happened to me before in 15 years of driving) and I admitted my error of judgement and apologised. In my defense (I didn't say this to him as I didn't want to make excuses) it was awful traffic - we had been stuck there for ages and I was visiting an elderly relative who I rarely see and had to nip out for something and felt guilty and stressed at how long it was taking). It was my fault though I know.
Police man said he had written it up and would send it off but 'hopefully' I would hear nothing back in the light of my apology and clean license. He also checked my tyres as he said they were currently focussing on them but he then made no comment on them.
I had my MOT done two weeks later and it failed on one of the tyres, which I thought was odd but never mind. Weeks went by and I heard nothing then on Christmas fucking Eve came the letter. FFS. I have just logged on to try and book a course and I have less than two months to book it because this has taken more than two months to come through. In order to get it done in time I have a choice of two courses that are within 30 miles of me - I live in a central location between two biggish cities. It's ridiculous - I'm going to have to try and get time off but don't want to risk a refusal as then I'd be stuffed so may decide to call in sick, which is not something 'I want to do.
AIBU to think this is shit? If police think you have made an honest fuck-up they shouldn't 'write it up' and if they do it shouldn't be near enough impossible to book a course you have been offered because they have sat on it for more than 2 months?
Am I being unreasonable?AIBU
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halocompanach · 26/12/2019 14:49
YABU. You should have been paying more attention to the traffic lights. If you are doing proper observation then you wouldn't have 'slipped through', being stuck there for ages gives you plenty of time to watch the lights.
YABU to say 'bloody police' as well when they are just doing their job to keep the roads safe. You are lucky that you didn't cause a traffic incident and damage another car or injure a pedestrian or car driver/passengers.
TeacupDrama · 26/12/2019 14:51
check elsewhere but I think certain things have to be done within a certain time frame they might be time barred
How long do the police have to issue a fixed penalty notice? The police have six months from the date of the alleged motoring offence to issue a fixed penalty notice. Initially, they have 14 days to serve a notice of intended prosecution (NIP, ) to the registered keeper of the vehicle involved.31 May 2019
the time frame for booking course should be from date on penalty notice not date of incident
I don't think OP is not taking responsibility but the short time frame
I think you will need to take a days annual leave
NThound · 26/12/2019 14:52
I do take driving seriously. I've been driving for 15 years and nothing like this or an accident has ever happened to me before. I drive up and down the motorway every day and make several long journeys each year and no accidents or points have ever occurred, so I d think I'm a pretty good driver and, though I was in the wrong here, there was no risk of accident.
My point is, it's a shit way it has been dealt with.
TeacupDrama · 26/12/2019 14:52
the NIP, If it is issued to you after the incident, it must be done within 14 days. If you do not receive it within 14 days, any prosecution may be considered invalid. If you are being charged for more than one offence, you must be issued a separate NIP for each offence.27 Apr 2018
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