Goodness me, the week is almost over and I have yet to award one of my prestigious and internationally renowned "Prats of The Week" Awards.
This week it goes (somewhat belatedly, as the story is a tad past its prime) to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS).
Ask Michael Thompson, who was recently prosecuted at the behest of the CPS.
What did he do?
Way back in July 2010 he was driving through a police speed trap in the Grimsby area, and flashed his headlights to warn fellow knights of the road about a mobile police speed gun.
The police flagged him down and charged him, peding CPS approval.
Note, he wasn't prosecuted by the CPS for speeding but for warning other motorists.
Nanny's chums at Grimsby Magistrates' Court have fined Mr Thompson £175 plus £250 costs plus a £15 "victim" surcharge ("victim"? what "victim"??), on the basis that he was wilfully obstructing a police officer in the course of her duties.
Mr Thompson is of the view that it was his civic duty to warn others.
Here's my view, the CPS and police are fooling no one with this prosecution. The theoretical purpose of speed traps etc is to ensure that motorists adhere to the speed limit.
Therefore if motorists know that there is a speed trap they will slow down, thus ensuring they keep to the speed limit and satisfying the alleged purpose of the speed trap.
However, the reality is that speed cameras and traps are a nice little earner for the state and local police forces (cameras have raised £100M in fines since they were introduced in the 90's). The reason for the prosecution was that Nanny was furious that one of her ways of making money out of us was thwarted.
Ker farking ching!
Mr Thompson should be praised for his actions!
The CPS, well deserving Prats of The Week!
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