Speeding idiots

Speeding idiots

Speeding idiots

First published in Letters by

I WHOLEHEARTEDLY agree with you on your views expressed in the Comments column of the press (Are speed cameras a necessary evil?, July 30).

But these vans should be looking out for motorists who are really speeding, not motorists who are driving only three to five miles over the limit, which is very easy to do (unintentionally) on a clear, straight road.

I myself was charged with speeding and I was only five miles per hour over the 30mph limit on a clear, straight road.

On frequent occasions I have been overtaken at speed by some “idiot” doing well over the limit. Those are the people the vans should “clock”.

Audrey Hunter, Oaken Grove, Haxby.

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12:03pm Fri 1 Aug 14

roadwars says...

Perhaps the "speeding idiots" are more alert to roadside dangers such as camera vans so they get away with it whereas you, even though "only slightly breaking the law" are not alert enough to notice what's going on so you get a ticket.
Perhaps they should have children stood by the side of the road with signs saying "beep if you see me" instead of camera vans, anyone who fails to beep their horn should be fined for driving without due care and attention, this would catch the real road risks of those playing with gadgets whilst driving as well as anyone who is driving too fast for their own observational skills...
Perhaps the "speeding idiots" are more alert to roadside dangers such as camera vans so they get away with it whereas you, even though "only slightly breaking the law" are not alert enough to notice what's going on so you get a ticket. Perhaps they should have children stood by the side of the road with signs saying "beep if you see me" instead of camera vans, anyone who fails to beep their horn should be fined for driving without due care and attention, this would catch the real road risks of those playing with gadgets whilst driving as well as anyone who is driving too fast for their own observational skills... roadwars
  • Score: 8

3:05pm Fri 1 Aug 14

parkthebus says...

I love these 'I was only slightly breaking the law, its so unfair!' letters.
I love these 'I was only slightly breaking the law, its so unfair!' letters. parkthebus
  • Score: 27

3:18pm Fri 1 Aug 14

Sillybillies says...

roadwars wrote:
Perhaps the "speeding idiots" are more alert to roadside dangers such as camera vans so they get away with it whereas you, even though "only slightly breaking the law" are not alert enough to notice what's going on so you get a ticket.
Perhaps they should have children stood by the side of the road with signs saying "beep if you see me" instead of camera vans, anyone who fails to beep their horn should be fined for driving without due care and attention, this would catch the real road risks of those playing with gadgets whilst driving as well as anyone who is driving too fast for their own observational skills...
Highway Code 112
The horn. Use only while your vehicle is moving and you need to warn other road users of your presence. Never sound your horn aggressively ......
Law CUR reg 99
[quote][p][bold]roadwars[/bold] wrote: Perhaps the "speeding idiots" are more alert to roadside dangers such as camera vans so they get away with it whereas you, even though "only slightly breaking the law" are not alert enough to notice what's going on so you get a ticket. Perhaps they should have children stood by the side of the road with signs saying "beep if you see me" instead of camera vans, anyone who fails to beep their horn should be fined for driving without due care and attention, this would catch the real road risks of those playing with gadgets whilst driving as well as anyone who is driving too fast for their own observational skills...[/p][/quote]Highway Code 112 The horn. Use only while your vehicle is moving and you need to warn other road users of your presence. Never sound your horn aggressively ...... Law CUR reg 99 Sillybillies
  • Score: -5

4:35pm Fri 1 Aug 14

CaroleBaines says...

Audrey. You broke the law, you take the punishment and move on.
Audrey. You broke the law, you take the punishment and move on. CaroleBaines
  • Score: 27

9:44pm Fri 1 Aug 14

Alfredd-g says...

Take a trip up to the wilds of Northumbria if you want to see some real speeding idiots. I've just spent a week up there and its North Yorkshire's Noddy and Big Ears compared with Northumbria's wannabe F1 loonies, minus of course any F1 driving skills. Even the bus drivers and tractor drivers join in with the 'fun'. I only saw one single police car during the whole week and that was on the A1!
Take a trip up to the wilds of Northumbria if you want to see some real speeding idiots. I've just spent a week up there and its North Yorkshire's Noddy and Big Ears compared with Northumbria's wannabe F1 loonies, minus of course any F1 driving skills. Even the bus drivers and tractor drivers join in with the 'fun'. I only saw one single police car during the whole week and that was on the A1! Alfredd-g
  • Score: 0

12:08am Sat 2 Aug 14

JYorks says...

" only five miles per hour over the 30mph limit" is actually 16% over the limit, which is a significant amount. And that extra 5mph can make a huge difference to your stopping time and also to the survivability of a collision if a car hits a pedestrian or cyclist. I live on a road with a 30mph limit that is frequently ignored (as proved by the number of cars that cause the 30mph warning sign to light up) and I walk and cycle along it every day, as do my two sons. I think it is just as important to enforce 30mph limits as it is to enforce any other limit, and 5mph over the limit is still 5mph too fast.
" only five miles per hour over the 30mph limit" is actually 16% over the limit, which is a significant amount. And that extra 5mph can make a huge difference to your stopping time and also to the survivability of a collision if a car hits a pedestrian or cyclist. I live on a road with a 30mph limit that is frequently ignored (as proved by the number of cars that cause the 30mph warning sign to light up) and I walk and cycle along it every day, as do my two sons. I think it is just as important to enforce 30mph limits as it is to enforce any other limit, and 5mph over the limit is still 5mph too fast. JYorks
  • Score: 24

1:38pm Sat 2 Aug 14

mike.......durkin says...

its not just speeding its just where peepull not looking where are going and crash .
its not just speeding its just where peepull not looking where are going and crash . mike.......durkin
  • Score: -10

3:40pm Sat 2 Aug 14

Cheeky face says...

Poor driving is worse than speeding but until more intelligent equipment is introduced they will increase the use of these. The government cutbacks provoke police/councils to seek revenue top up from other means, and these measures and charges for previously free services will continue.. Sorry state of affairs, but that is current policy for the Police/local councils/highways authorities.

N Yorkshire Police advertise their camera sites and unlike other police authorities they (now) have the vans in the standard livery colours, until they get damaged that is!

The biggest concentration of speeding fines in a day was the Highway Agency imposing average 50 limit to safeguard employees working on motorway maintenance. At one period 90% were caught! How many were also tailgating one might ask? Or even on the phone!
Poor driving is worse than speeding but until more intelligent equipment is introduced they will increase the use of these. The government cutbacks provoke police/councils to seek revenue top up from other means, and these measures and charges for previously free services will continue.. Sorry state of affairs, but that is current policy for the Police/local councils/highways authorities. N Yorkshire Police advertise their camera sites and unlike other police authorities they (now) have the vans in the standard livery colours, until they get damaged that is! The biggest concentration of speeding fines in a day was the Highway Agency imposing average 50 limit to safeguard employees working on motorway maintenance. At one period 90% were caught! How many were also tailgating one might ask? Or even on the phone! Cheeky face
  • Score: 5

6:47pm Sat 2 Aug 14

notpedallingpaul says...

parkthebus wrote:
I love these 'I was only slightly breaking the law, its so unfair!' letters.
Do have a special place for your bus?, is it in your inflated holier than thow ego, I just love these 'I never do anything wrong' comments!
[quote][p][bold]parkthebus[/bold] wrote: I love these 'I was only slightly breaking the law, its so unfair!' letters.[/p][/quote]Do have a special place for your bus?, is it in your inflated holier than thow ego, I just love these 'I never do anything wrong' comments! notpedallingpaul
  • Score: -8

6:55pm Sat 2 Aug 14

notpedallingpaul says...

CaroleBaines wrote:
Audrey. You broke the law, you take the punishment and move on.
She was unlucky, if she had been doing 34mph she would not have been fined - ACPO Speed enforcement guidelines.
[quote][p][bold]CaroleBaines[/bold] wrote: Audrey. You broke the law, you take the punishment and move on.[/p][/quote]She was unlucky, if she had been doing 34mph she would not have been fined - ACPO Speed enforcement guidelines. notpedallingpaul
  • Score: -6

8:19pm Sat 2 Aug 14

spottycow says...

I dont mind getting done if im at fault but i got pulled up for goiing over the limit by two mlies per hour i think the officer was right but while he was giving me a gob full a passing youth in a souped up car when past at a fast speed he didnt bat an eye lid and just said i will catch up withj him later i thought yea cause you will . p s im a TAXI DRIVER WITH A CLEAN LICENECE 17 YEARS .= IM A EASY TARGET
I dont mind getting done if im at fault but i got pulled up for goiing over the limit by two mlies per hour i think the officer was right but while he was giving me a gob full a passing youth in a souped up car when past at a fast speed he didnt bat an eye lid and just said i will catch up withj him later i thought yea cause you will . p s im a TAXI DRIVER WITH A CLEAN LICENECE 17 YEARS .= IM A EASY TARGET spottycow
  • Score: -11

11:16am Sun 3 Aug 14

bolero says...

Alfredd-g wrote:
Take a trip up to the wilds of Northumbria if you want to see some real speeding idiots. I've just spent a week up there and its North Yorkshire's Noddy and Big Ears compared with Northumbria's wannabe F1 loonies, minus of course any F1 driving skills. Even the bus drivers and tractor drivers join in with the 'fun'. I only saw one single police car during the whole week and that was on the A1!
Don't you believe it. You hardly dare move let alone speed. You won't see many police cars because the whole area is festooned with cameras.
[quote][p][bold]Alfredd-g[/bold] wrote: Take a trip up to the wilds of Northumbria if you want to see some real speeding idiots. I've just spent a week up there and its North Yorkshire's Noddy and Big Ears compared with Northumbria's wannabe F1 loonies, minus of course any F1 driving skills. Even the bus drivers and tractor drivers join in with the 'fun'. I only saw one single police car during the whole week and that was on the A1![/p][/quote]Don't you believe it. You hardly dare move let alone speed. You won't see many police cars because the whole area is festooned with cameras. bolero
  • Score: 7

5:43pm Sun 3 Aug 14

ouseswimmer says...

Does this mean that all astronauts who travel at 12,000mph are idiots?
Does this mean that all astronauts who travel at 12,000mph are idiots? ouseswimmer
  • Score: -3

6:37pm Sun 3 Aug 14

bolero says...

ouseswimmer wrote:
Does this mean that all astronauts who travel at 12,000mph are idiots?
No, just those who think they might be.
[quote][p][bold]ouseswimmer[/bold] wrote: Does this mean that all astronauts who travel at 12,000mph are idiots?[/p][/quote]No, just those who think they might be. bolero
  • Score: 4

10:08am Mon 4 Aug 14

again says...

Never mind, Audrey. It's useful education. I got a ticket in the 90's* and have been extra careful ever since.

*the date not the speed.. doh!
Never mind, Audrey. It's useful education. I got a ticket in the 90's* and have been extra careful ever since. *the date not the speed.. doh! again
  • Score: 5

8:00pm Mon 4 Aug 14

Cheeky face says...

Another A64 accident just after noon. What percentage of blame was speeding compared to human motorist/s error/s?
Another A64 accident just after noon. What percentage of blame was speeding compared to human motorist/s error/s? Cheeky face
  • Score: -2

8:49pm Mon 4 Aug 14

bolero says...

Cheeky face wrote:
Another A64 accident just after noon. What percentage of blame was speeding compared to human motorist/s error/s?
Ask the professional investigators when they have concluded their investigations.
[quote][p][bold]Cheeky face[/bold] wrote: Another A64 accident just after noon. What percentage of blame was speeding compared to human motorist/s error/s?[/p][/quote]Ask the professional investigators when they have concluded their investigations. bolero
  • Score: 2

9:24pm Mon 4 Aug 14

notpedallingpaul says...

Cheeky face wrote:
Another A64 accident just after noon. What percentage of blame was speeding compared to human motorist/s error/s?
Bit quick to pose the question on the possibility that speed was to blame aren't we!, do you drive by the way?
[quote][p][bold]Cheeky face[/bold] wrote: Another A64 accident just after noon. What percentage of blame was speeding compared to human motorist/s error/s?[/p][/quote]Bit quick to pose the question on the possibility that speed was to blame aren't we!, do you drive by the way? notpedallingpaul
  • Score: -3

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