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Speeding offences are 'worst in Scotland'

Monday 1st February 2010

Scotland has some of the areas with the highest proportion of young drivers with motoring convictions in the UK, according to a survey by Moneysupermarket.

More than half of male drivers aged between 17 and 21 in Milngavie in East Dunbartonshire have a speeding conviction. Other areas highlighted were Crieff in Perthshire and Bishopton near Paisley.

The research also showed that drivers with speeding convictions risk big rises in car insurance premiums. On average, drivers with nine points on their licence from three speeding offences would see their premium increasing from £546 to £858.

Click here to read the full BBC News report.

 

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The protection of life and property, the maintenance of order, the prevention and detection of crime and the prosecution of offenders. Thats the purpose of a police officer. However since the late 1980's chief police officers have agreed that they cannot fulfill their role in the first ones, that is, the protection of life and property, the maintenance of order and the prevention of crime. So that just leaves prosecutions and that is out of there hands and in the hands of the civilian prosecutors who only take cases to court if they can win them.

Whats the point....... police officers have been put into quango departments with specialisation and this takes more bobbies of the streets. so much so that many areas are devoid of specialist traffic officers or beat patrols who can not only deter by their prescence but can report offenders and then hopefully the small things will not become bigger things, as is happening all over the place. Nowadays.
Retired Police Officer.
Bob Craven, Blackpool

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I love these news features. I am sure colleagues will realise that there are many factors hidden behind these attention grabbing headlines. How bad is Scotland really, compared to, say, North Wales or East Anglia? Equally so, how good is the enforcement in these parts of the UK? Does the number of convictions reflect efficient roads policing or the recalcitrance of the local drivers? Does a small number of convictions indicate a low priority in roads policing or an high level of compliance by the local motorists? Bear in mind that the primary object of an efficient police is the prevention of offences. The secondary object is the detection of offenders when offences have been committed. So, how would one measure the police in Scotland? In which objective are they succeeding? A police motorcyclist sitting on his bike in full view at a junction will fulfil the primary object but have nothing to show his commanding officer or report to the press. If he hides round the corner he will catch red-light jumpers and won't his boss be pleased. I once caught 7 in an hour and a half in Central London. But every offender could have contributed to a potentially fatal accident. I prevented nothing. But I am being harsh here? Perhaps I am biased, after all, I am a Scottish retired policeman.
Roy Buchanan, Principal Road Safety Officer, London Borough of Sutton

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