Friday, June 15, 2007

Setting priorities.

Well it seems that despite being number one in cameras which are there theoretically to improve road safety our road safety figures are now the worst in Europe. Read here.

To be honest I find it hard to believe because I was always under the impression our road safety stacked up well to theirs especially after seeing some of their driving first hand on my travels. Nevertheless it seems drink driving is on the increase again because we are concentrating on speeders. The easy target.

Bit of a shock that it should prove that drink driving should increase because there is little chance of getting caught. Probably the only way you get caught is if you have a crash. I just don't know who that could have been foreseen when they decided to remove the police from the streets and put those cameras capable of but one single purpose there instead.

So we must therefore assume that these people could see this. They just don't care because it seems to me that the guys who are paid vast amounts of money to look at these things don't see further than the end of the bank balance. Camera's bring in easy dosh for a minimal investment. Nicking drunk drivers and patrolling costs money and the fines don't compensate for the cost due to the way the fine system works never mind make a profit. To put sufficient police on the road across the UK would cost millions. Little money would be collected in comparison to the costs. Camera's are low risk as well, after all filling in the H&S sheets for the risky business of going out on the roads where there are people who may fight back must leave them little time for actually patrolling anyway.

The police are being run as a business now. The ROI for the cameras is much, much greater than for the other aspects of police work. The easy stuff with the quick returns is what they are going for so it won't be long before we see other 'crimes' where a camera will be sufficient to ensure someone parts with their dosh. That's why we are number one in the world for camera's and it will get worse. Still time to get that hoodie while you still can.

It's easy to equate all crimes as the same all over the UK. Speeding equals going through a red light equals dangerous driving equals robbery equals assault equals murder. OK, the penalties are different but you can easily say. 'Don't know what they are complaining about. They are breaking the law'. It's true but there needs to be priorities and clearly they are skewed towards taking on the easy targets. The law abiding cash rich motorist and not the high risk muggers, burglars or drunks, drivers or otherwise.


At 9:45 pm, Blogger Crushed by Ingsoc said...

Problem is the Police now are geared around statistics. They need to boost their arrest rate, so it's easier to arrest sppeding motorists than joyriders, or a gang of teenagers smoking a joint, rather than a carrying knives.

At 10:13 pm, Blogger Bag said...

This is even better than that.

Here is something for ticking all the right stats boxes, gives income and has no risk.

How can it get better than that?

At 10:15 am, Blogger Henry Crun said...

Aahhhh, government by management consultant - who are just one rung up the evolutionary scale from marketing people.

Had to give a presentation to a bunch of PWC half-wits once. How these twonks ever make it through university is beyond me - and our beloved govt. is so enamoured by these people it is frightening. Still when you have one set of people who have never had a real job being told what to do by another set of people who have never had real jobs, what can you expect.

At 11:56 am, Blogger james higham said...

...Nicking drunk drivers and patrolling costs money and the fines don't compensate for the cost due to the way the fine system works never mind make a profit...

That would seem to sum it up nicely.

By the way, I see Blogpower is under "Sites with a purpose". I can't see any discernible purpose to Blogpower. It's just a strange collection of some bloggers' imaginations for the purpose of being a strange collection :)

At 4:47 pm, Blogger Bag said...

James, I thought there was a purpose. To promote the little blogger.

That seems to be a purpose to me and by the looks of the last few weeks it's doing a good job.


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