kwackers wrote: Possibly - but a visible police presence is more likely to result in people driving better since they're more likely to think they'll be seen. Isn't that the point of the exercise?
But don't you realise that this is dangerous?
Manchester put out Police Officers in cars armed with video to increase their area of awareness , the Officer then decided which offences to book and issued penalties accordingly - exactly what you require - Visible Police Officers using their judgement and acting upon their experience..
Then we had the usual bleating about how these officers were persecuting, and hounding motorists
The funniest of the bleatings by the poor lambs was that by having marked Police vehicles the Police were endangering road users and increasing injuries
Apparently using marked and visible Police vehicles the motorist is "forced" to look for these vehicles instead of concentrating on the road, thus causing accidents, injuries and deaths!
A visible Police presence is (aparently) a significant road safety hazard and therefore should not be allowed. Rather scuppers the idea of a visible presence.
kwackers wrote:So I'll re-iterate.
I'll believe road policing is changing for the better when someone who overtakes me too close or cuts me up is pulled over and prosecuted. It's never happened yet despite the sheer number of such offences and I don't expect with the way policing is going for it to happen any time soon.
Nor will it ever.....it is a pipe dream and a red herring.
Lets take a Police vehicle with one Police Officer patrolling - they can only effectively cover an area of 50 yards, so that makes several hundered officers per mile to give the sort of coverage suggested here - now lets consider the cover for absence when writing up these offences, lunch etc and we are probably looking at 1.5 Officers per 50 yards - an impracticable dream.
kwackers wrote:I'd be interested in seeing a breakdown of these motoring offences - is it across the board or as I suspect a massive increase in speeding and a massive drop in everything else?
The sad fact is that the drivers that are caught with the technology are exactly the ones that are driving dangerously, as the correlations between say speeding or driving without tax and/ or insurance are unequivocally linked with higher accident rates. (A driver caught speeding is statistically twice as likely to be involved in an injury accident in the next twelve months for instance). Zero tolerance for road offences will help to identify and remove exactly the drivers you are so concerned about. It is not an ideal, but certainly an effective tool.... and is still functioning additionally to the road policing elsewhere.