Saturday, August 26, 2006

One rule for the police, one rule for the rest of us


This is Mark Milton.

Recently, he was filmed travelling at 159mph on the M54 Motorway.

He was also filmed travelling at 83mph in a 30mph limit zone, and at 131mph in a 60mph limit zone.

The Crown Prosecution Service calculated that he had been travelling at an average of 148mph along the motorway, in a brand new Vauxhall Vectra GSi.

Most people would have been banned for at least 12 months, and had at least three points added to their licence, if they had been found guilty of dangerous driving, as Mark Milton has.

But then again, most people are not Police Constables.

Incredibly, district judge Peter Wallis handed PC Mark Milton an absolute discharge.

He said "The video recording shows that during the course of the journey, he overtakes other drivers with no advance warning given. Such speeds are obviously inherently dangerous."

He then added "There is no need for further punishment"

Further punishment? What punishment was handed out originally? None!

Mary Wallace, of the road safety charity 'Brake', said that the decision to hand PC Mark Milton an absolute discharge was 'rediculous'.

Paul Smith, of the Safe Speed campaign, said that "The average motorist would have been automatically banned if they had been convicted of doing anything like this. It seems there is one rule for the police and one for the rest of us. This sentence will only cause damage to the police-public relationship."

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