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Driving At 159mph Is Safe

Old 28th Mar 2013, 15:11
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The supposed point about a trained police driver being able to do those speeds on a public road is that he can do it safely. Clearly, in this instance, he was not safe.

At those speeds his judgement would have to be virtually perfect. It was not.
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Old 28th Mar 2013, 15:12
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My one appearance in court for speeding, and those of a number of my fellow aircrew, was dealt with very leniently by the magistrates when one's address of Officers' Mess, RAF xxxxx was mentioned. There was a clear understanding by the beaks that we did know what we were doing at "ridiculous" speeds. It was always the case that there were no other stupidities (e.g.bad weather, kiddies about). We were found guilty, fined but didn't have licences suspended, and we all thought this was a 'fair' cop. To my recollection, not one of us ever had an accident. This is what worries me about this guy - not the speed per se but that he has accidents!
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Old 28th Mar 2013, 15:28
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Are you suggesting the police shouldn't try to catch car thieves then?
PC Milton's not got a wireless in that posh BMW then? Wait, no... seems he has... ah, prolly doesn't work with the car in gear. Sensible, that.
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Old 28th Mar 2013, 15:33
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Are you suggesting the police shouldn't try to catch car thieves then?


No, I am suggesting that in these days of radio communications, helicopters and video links, not to mention the large volume of Police vehicles, stingers etc, that 159 mph or even 108 mph simply is not required.

Safety is the issue here, so are Police vehicles fitted with W or Y rated tyres? Probably not.. probably Z's. There is an obvious consideration. If you drive a race car on an enclosed track, where everyone is travelling in the same direction, with adequate gravel traps etc, you will still see signs which state clearly "Motor sport is dangerous".. So where in hell is driving at 159 on a public road, ever going to be considered safe??? And lets be clear, this nutter has form for it.. Quite simply he ran out of talent.. Not that great a driver after all. I have no more sympathy for this twit than I do for joyriding scumbags who burn in wrecked cars.

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Old 28th Mar 2013, 15:54
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No, I am suggesting that in these days of radio communications, helicopters and video links, not to mention the large volume of Police vehicles, stingers etc, that 159 mph or even 108 mph simply is not required.
But until the helicopter has picked them up you must keep them in sight otherwise they will just turn into a housing estate, switch their lights off and disappear. If this particular driver lacks the skill required then he should of course be taken off such duties, but he seems to have had 6 years of apparently incident free police driving so he must be doing something right, we can't all be perfect you know Mr Akbar
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Old 28th Mar 2013, 17:04
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apparently incident free
This is his second court appearance.

The facts are these:

1. He was driving in excess of 98 mph

2. He crashed.

3. Referring to first principles... Ambition not matched by skill. Ergo Dangerous driving.

As for your assertion that the Police must attempt to drive at crazy speeds to keep up with crims until the chopper arrives.. Better to lose a collar than pursue a bad situation and kill someone, wouldn't you agree??

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Old 28th Mar 2013, 17:26
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To be fair to the police, escaping criminals and joyriders sometimes kill people even when they're not being pursued. Catching them may stop them doing so. It's a difficult call.
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Old 28th Mar 2013, 17:49
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Some years ago I'd been told Road Traffic division drivers were all zero-accident drivers. Have a knock and you're back to a noddy car.

However, I'm not sure about getting a ticket.
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Old 29th Mar 2013, 05:10
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In 2005 The judge referred to him as the "creme de la creme" of police drivers.

Looks like age has curdled him somewhat then?
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