All women strangely enough, make of that what you will.
I was there for speeding, there were 4 mobile phone offenses and 1 person with dangerous driving as he was eating a mcdonalds.
Yeah I didn't get offered a course either. Was quite a few years ago (6 or 7) but no offer of a course, just points and a fine, or an appeal.
I appealed and got same amount of points and a fine of about £100 more.
Think it was for careless driving (CD10???) because me and others went on the wrong side of a bollard/small island because a van was either broken down or just not moving forward and blocking the way.
Cops pulled only me over, there was a bit of an argument and the rest was history.
The tosser cop turned up in court and lied through his stinking teeth saying that as I went around the island there were little kids that I almost hit carrying little Easter baskets with chocolate eggs in!!!
The courses aren't offered by all constabularies/camera partnerships, so it depends where you get caught as to whether you will get offered to attend one. Also those that do offer them tend to only do it to those who have marginally exceeded the limit - say 36 in a 30 and not those doing 50 in a 30.
It was for first time offenders and I must say there was a right prick on our course, laughed at all the crash videos and wheelspun out the car park.
I was in for 40 in a 30 as there was a camera van sat next to the 40 limit sign on the road out of wokingham catching everyone speeding up before the sign. I dont deny I ws illegaly speeding but god dam its a bit of a back stab.
Generally you're only eligible for a course for a low level offence, ie. up to a max of 40 in a 30, 52 in a 40 etc - as mentioned those figures may vary depending on the area. I think in relation to traffic light offences you're only eligible if you pass the line within 'x' seconds of the light turning red.
Speed Awareness Course - No Penalty Points (UK)
Well the one i went to was pureply for people under 25 and he ran another course for people over 40
so in Berkshire, its about age.
So if you're between 26-39 then you're stuffed???
Everyone is eligible for the course, I imagine they tailor the content to suit the age range.
Just wanted to hear Nutkin's take on it....
if i treated someone in the same way i wouldn't expect a nasty name, i'd expect to lose my medical license and rightly so. but you can't really argue with the police can you? i've always been polite because i realise this - one of my friends has tried arguing so they threw the book at him. you can't win.
Most Constabularies offer Young drivers courses and also seperate courses for the older of us, here in NI at the minute its only speed related offences but other offences are going to be dealt with by discretionary courses in the near future...
Nice to see stereotyping is alive and well in this thread!
Next someone will be saying all doctors seem to be Asian.
It was quite an experience defending myself in court. Very entertaining, in a strange way.
Mine was one of the last cases so I sat in the public gallery watching all of the other motoring cases. Some people's defences were pure comedy.
Some people turned up and literally didn't have a clue what they were going to say, and attempted to freestyle their way through it with the weakest excuses you've ever heard for speeding/driving the wrong way down a one way street/etc etc.
Felt like I was an audience member of a court room episode of the Jeremy Kyle Show.
Based on these twits alone I can see why the courts sometimes give higher fines and more points for failed appeals! :laugh:
laughing matters aside, i've clearly been stereotyped by the police. i'm not treating them any differently to how they've treated me in the past.
they pull me over because of my attitude?
I just think it's possible to express anger and frustration about the police without being abusive and offensive towards them. Of course you can call them whatever you like, but bear in mind the law of averages means that there are bound to be some members here who are police.
(Not me, I hasten to add.)
immature perhaps, two wrongs don't make a right - and i'd actually like to revise my previous statement. i met a very polite copper once. traffic cop in Leeds, and ironically he was doing me for speeding lol. only 3 points i've ever had dammit lol. at least he had a reason and he was professional about it. was 6 years ago, only just occurred to me!
I'll give you an example of the sort of thing that used to happen to me growing up....
One time, at the age of about 12 or 13, me and my mates (all of us of ethnic minority) were sitting on our bikes outside of a shop while one of us was buying something. There was another group of all white kids about 10 meters away, and obviously not with us.
I watched as the police drove by slowly, past the white kids, then as they drove past us they slowed right down, waited for a reaction which they never got, then they showed us the 'w*nker' sign, and drove off laughing. This... to a bunch of kids on their BMXs just sitting there. Not good.
This is just one incident of MANY where I/we were singled out by the police, right through to adulthood.
Difference for me is.... I don't dislike the police because of it. It happens, some people assume things based on their beliefs/expectations/attitudes, but as long as I'm doing nothing wrong then they can't/couldn't touch me.
Maybe if a day came that I was framed for something based on my colour then I'd think differently. But as it stands, and if it happened again; as frustrating as it can be, it's their issue not mine.
But I must say, for me and people I know it largely seems to be a thing of the past.
like i've said, i'm widely regarded by my peers as a very good driver. i don't have points on my license, only ever have the one time, i've taken advanced driver training lessons with IAM and have my test pending, and i'm a doctor so an otherwise respected member of society.
they clearly don't have anything better to do - certainly not find the chap that's vandalised my car or the cars of many other members on here. instead they want to track down otherwise innocent motorists who, as some have mentioned, have strayed slightly over the limit in otherwise safe conditions.
there's no such thing as driving in a way that attracts attention unless you're doing something illegal, which i've not been doing and there should be no such thing as a "visual profile" unless you look like a known criminal.
i don't agree with you, and i don't appreciate you trying to insinuate that i'm somehow a menace to society. the simple fact is that i'm not, i spend my days and my nights caring for the infirm and i don't appreciate being treated like a common criminal because of the way i look. if you haven't lived it you have no right to try and suggest that my feelings are irrational. others have mentioned they don't appreciate how i've expressed my feelings, and that's fine - but i'll express my feelings how i want. if i offend bystanders i apologise. if i offend those that are the subject of those feelings then that's their problem, not mine.
i'm voicing anger at being treated differently because of my race, which (without meaning to drag aythreee into this) has happened to at least one other member. so now, having never met me or my patients, you judge my ability as a doctor?
i'm afraid i'm no longer willing to entertain this discussion with you.
Did someone run a red light in this thread a while ago? :undwech:
...and breathe :think:
and yet, i drive round, not slowly, in a 28yo bmw that looks like it shouldnt have an mot.... with a welded diff..... and an exhaust at 104db...... and i havent been pulled in just over 3 years.....
im the stereo-typical 29 yo skinny white mechanic. btw.
Happy new year all!
I don't think you've got a hope in hell with the red light issue....... unless you have a spare 20 Grand for 'Mr loophole'..??
As for Sub39h....... You do come across as a 'Mr angry' type,,,, however I think we have to accept that there will always be a certain level of 'racism' in society, (it cuts both ways don't forget) sadly even in the Police. Aythree seems to have a better perspective on it...? For me it's not about race, but sheer overwhelming numbers...........
The Police recruit from exactly the same society we all live in, so if there's racism in society then by default it's going to be in the Police force.
Although ethnic background is recorded on every form the Police use, so it's hard to see how it can go unchecked.