Most motorists have their own anecdotal stories to tell of police cars brazenly flouting the traffic laws for no apparent reason.
Now there is hard evidence that these are not just stories. The revelation that last financial year 1433 police cars were caught breaking the road rules without reason is worryingly high, given there are about 16,000 officers in NSW.
But it should be kept in perspective - the lead-foot officers behind the wheel did not get off without consequence. They had to pay their fines, a combined $345,904, and they lost demerit points too, as would any other motorist. And they were subject to internal investigations by safe driver committees, which is entirely appropriate.
But the behaviour of the minority is unhelpful to the overall objectives of reducing the road toll.
There is already building resentment among some motorists about the punitive measures used in NSW to enforce the road rules. State Government policies have been severe, from double-demerit point weekends to a widening network of fixed-speed cameras. Still to come is the roll-out of 200 more red-light cameras, which will generate thousands of $324 fines.
The NSW Police Force is keen to keep the road toll under 400 this year. This is a goal that deserves widespread community support. However, it is obvious the police hierarchy still has a job ahead convincing their own officers to drive safely and lawfully at all times.
Reckless attitudes to the road rules among a minority of officers serves only to undermine public support and confidence.
LEAD-FOOT PUBLIC SERVANTS.
Traffic fines issued to govt agency cars last year.
NSW POLICE, 1,433.
Ambulance service, NSW, 341.
Energy Australia, 321.
NSW Fire Brigade, 263.
Dept of Community Services, 247.
Rail Corp, 199.
Roads and Traffic Authority, 190.
Dept of Education and Training, 153.
State Transit Authority, 149.
Dept of Corrective Services, 145.
Now for the final Straw.
Police fury at Speeding.
Police have taken a swipe at reckless young drivers after arresting one clocked at 237 km/h in Sydney's west.
His licence was confiscated and he is due to appear in Liverpool Local Court on Jan 15.
"I'm disappointed the safe driving message is not getting through to some young drivers, and they think they can drive at high speed without getting caught," the Chief Superintendent said.
Now click on the book picture.
'Waving Goodbye to a Thousand Flies'. By J L Spencer.
Click the Book Pic at top right for Purchase info. Vest has received more books from the publisher, and more will arrive before Xmas, Email me for a Quote for a signed copy, AUSTRALIAN READERS $26..00. Overseas approx $29..00 - $31..00 only one week to go for xmas delivery.
This will be my last post until I return from Gosford Hospital where I shall be having vascular surgery Thurs Dec 18. See you later(hopefully). Vest.
Monday, 15 December 2008
Low Flying Porkers Pillory Public 'P' Platers.
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To advise that Vest (Les Bowyer) passed away this morning. Regards, Chris (Son).
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Somehow I'm not surprised but at least they are called to account. The tougher the better on young idiot drivers. Confiscate their cars.
Good luck with your op Vesty ... wishing you a safe, happy, healthy return to blogging.
This morning, from a cave somewhere in Pakistan , Taliban Minister of
Emigration, Mohammed Omar, warned Australia that if military action against
Iraq and Afghanistan continues, Taliban authorities will cut off Australia 's
supply of convenience store managers. And ,if this action does not yield
sufficient results, cab drivers will be next, followed by Telstra customer
service reps, dole office workers and Queensland ! doctors.
It's getting ugly folks!
Beyond the law.
Last friday while on the F3 freeway, I was sitting on 110k's when an RTA Chelsea tractor zoomed past doing 140 kph minimum, no lights flashing. unable to see his rego clearly as it was raining, and making it even more hazardus.
Yes Its true my name is Bacon, much nicer than a colleague's name'Grunther'.
Police officers speeding without lights and sirens can avoid fines if they are on a covert operation.
More than two thirds of officers issued with traffic fines while on duty last year were able to get their fines dropped after a review of their circumstances.
I'll bet top dollar that Sgt/ Bacons nick name is streaky.
Dodgey lot those blokes, There is a higher ratio of skulduggery prevalent within their ranks than that of the general public.
Vest, get well soon, good luck. Mike.
Vestyyyyyyyyyy! :( I hope all will be ok with the surgery and plz know that Keshi will be thinking of u until u return safe n sound. God bless mate!
Merry Christmas and hey there wont be no chrissy without Vesty!
*HUGZ* TC n good luck! MWAH MWAH MWAH!
dat was for Keshi, not u
A is anxious
K is anxious
I am not
u survived Hitler and Mussolini
and a crack on the head (though some grey matter spilled out)
a small OP cant do u in
So u r back
in time for turkey
and santa claus and stuff
u do believe in Santa dont u ?
hope all systems are go
but dont worry
u can always outsource to Indians in India
Vest will not return for a few days, due to the nausea and pain from his op, Soon Chris is dealing with calls comments and sales, thank you.
u look good enuff to eat
so its Rm and Chris at the helm
while the captain is in sick bay
Chris now is the time
tell us more about your old man
u no the stuff, he didnt write in his book
has any one seen Wally?
he was last seen making eyes at a sweet looking Roo
As the war reached its dreadful conclusion, Churchill and the British government set out
to ensure that history never repeated itself—that there would be no resurgence of German
all of EUROPE is one now
Germany and France are hitting back now
ISO is now dominated by Germany and France
EUROPE has killed the KITE Mark
now its CE Mark only
Hope you have a very Merry Christmas and are recovering well after your surgery Vesty. All the best to you and yours and for 2009. Bless you.
Thanks Aggie, vest is not a happy soul at this moment in time, but we love him and that is all that matters, we pamper him when ever possible. May you and your loved ones enjoy a wonderful festive season.
u guys pamper him ?
Jesus will heal the contrite heart
just say sorry Jesus
and at 12: AM on 24/12/2008
u will walk and laff
and drink and
and make Mary
err, I mean
make Mary happy
on your feet u lazy sob
u had enuff rest
it will be 2009 soon
Rm and Chris are not posting much
Hello Vesty and Rosemary and the Clan - Wishing you all a very Happy New Year and a great 2009. I hope you are well on the way to recovery Vest? Take care.
Hello Vesty and Rosemary and the Clan - Wishing you all a very Happy New Year and a great 2009.
Quit it VEST
we know u r enjoying the concern and love expressed by A and K and Tshmom?
I hate to admit it
but I miss him and the shit he posts
sit him on the keyboard
and let him continue what he likes to do
Annony mouse dat loves crap
Thank you well wishers.
Vest is still a bit groggy, although he has,nt had a drink for a month, He has lost about six kilos in three weeks.
Anon, I am not sure how long your comment will be tolerated, would you try to be more pleasant in future.
Vest will be back very soon.
he will be back soon
a neater trimmer VEST
hope he lost his ugly beer belly
a belly that size wud surely get in the way, in the sack
now he can try some more positions
other than the vissionary
many girls will be happy
Violence and guerilla warfare has always been used by people to overthrow foreign domination or an unjust Government
Shivaji used it against the Moghuls,
Shahid Bhagat Singh and Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose
against British rule in India,
even some Jesuit priests took to the gun in India, to fight for justice for the marginalized
some were misguided
in Jammu and Kashmir
the Tamils in Sri Lanka, the LTTE
the Palestinians against the Israeli occupation
IRAQIs to drive out the Americans from IRAQ
the list is long
sometimes u admire their guts
when they lay down their life for a cause
this shud make the old geezer retaliate
just in time ....
Air India sacks 10 airhostesses for being over weight
now he can keep his job
Jimmy: As soon as the fear factor and untruths are removed from the faith industries are replaced by humanitarian logical ideals, a higher degree of compromise will come about, conflict and violence will cease.
Until then; let the ignorant eliminate each other and lessen the starving hordes of our world.
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