Brainstorm Ahead

The very nice men from the AA are soon to publish a new road atlas marking the location of fixed speed cameras to help motorists avoid expensive fines. More than three million punters are expected to lash out on this guide, many from North Wales, desperate to avoid further points on their licenses. Of the four Welsh forces, North Wales tops the league for speed tickets and of course, it’s never the really reckless road-hogs, only decent, careful bods like the Spanish teacher who drives the school bus as a social responsibility.   Having been clobbered three times in three months, by infamous ‘Arrive Alive’ vans invariably positioned in sneaky positions close to the 30 mile limit sign and the like, she now drives below 28 mph  concentrating more on the speedometer rather that the way ahead!


The brains behind this obsession with speeders is the controversial Richard Brunstrom; spell check helpfully suggests ‘brainstorm’ and certainly a storm of fines has brought drivers to their knees as the chief Constable is totally unrepentant over his remorseless ‘no speed policy’.  As head of the chief constables’ traffic committee, the force ensures that tickets fly even if the wretched punter wanders even a few clicks over the regulation limits.  £60 a time may not be much to the well heeled top brass put it’s a week’s shopping to ordinary mortals and if the Spanish teacher offends again; she’s probably out of a job!  No wonder frustration boils over some time and a £20.000 speed camera was recently sawn off its stand.  Although the police appealed for help to catch the culprit, maybe its time for see, hear and speak no evil.


Looking good in uniform, Mr B confessed he loves admiring his reflection in shop windows.  He should save his gaze for what is happening in his own force as the mistakes being made invariably cost the public money.  Although not to blame for suspending the Force Head of Legal Services for upsetting his predecessor, surely when he took charge, the case could have been reviewed and settled earlier.  The cost to her legal victory?  No one is saying!


Was it worth £250K to hound an ex bobby suspected of leaking a Police Authority document last year.  Known as the “molehunt case”, Mr B was so ballistic he ordered his Police Authority members to be fingerprinted to find the culprit and heavied a local journalist who took a particular interest in the case.  Did the leaked report contain matters of national importance?  Hardly, it reported that the deputy chief had allegedly bullied his staff, but he was Mr B’s deputy.  The court case finally collapsed spectacularly against Peter Bolton even though the police investigation cost £750.000.* (Source- Daily Post 13th April 2005)  How ironic that the chief can make expensive mistakes and can go on to purchase yet more cameras with every speeding fine collected!  What with the fines and the high cost of underwriting expensive legal decisions, involving police force personnel, the North Wales public will be hard pressed to afford that most welcome AA atlas or the vital reprint needed when even more cameras hit the streets.

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