al_yrpal wrote: ... Well, Police are practically non existent here, so those that exist and do patrols wont want to waste their time trying to catch close passers. My comment concerned the fact that with a camera ordinary cyclists can if they wish send the Police videos which will hopefully prompt warnings to miscreants (hopefully crime prevention) , and even prompt prosecutions. ...
Earlier you posted
There is a law against murder but the Police spend no time trying to enforce it.
This is IMO one of the main reasons you see few police. The view has prevailed that murder is the tip of of a large iceberg of personal violence and hate crime. Not so long ago, while incident rooms were set up for murder, anything less attracted much less attention. Around here, "domestic disturbances" were routinely written off "RtoJ" (Referred to Justices) meaning that the parties were invited to take their own action and could do so by attending the free advice sessions at the magistrates' court.
Also in those days, even non-injury crashes reported to the police were investigated and somebody was usually prosecuted. Not any more. The CPS and others decided that this was doing the insurance companies' work for them so quite serious crashes are written off "details exchanged." Meanwhile, to use a similar phrase, the police are now doing divorce lawyers work for them. No new people were recruited for this - the priorities were changed. Injuries caused in crashes and the fear caused by bad driving are ** not ** considered worthy of the same attention as those caused by assaults etc.
In recent years, we've had several reports from the RAC about the reduction in the numbers of specialist traffic officers, but IMO it's even worse than a simple headcout might suggest. Increasingly, those specialists are employed on quite routine work but which requires trained drivers. Then, what's left of the uniform patrol no longer has any reason to deal with traffic offences, nor are they trained in the minutiae of traffic offences.
This isn't obfuscation: on the contrary, it's an attempt to shine light on what's happened. The police now only deal with the tip of a different iceberg represented by KSI (Killed/seriously injured) crashes. And most road users are increasingly aware of this.
Edited to insert the missing ** not **