Meredydd Hughes faces a charge of doing 90mph in a 60mph zone
30 October 2007

Calls for the resignation of Meredydd Hughes, Britain's most senior police traffic officer, have been made after it has emerged that the Head of UK Roads Policing is facing a charge of speeding at 90mph in a 60mph limit. The alleged offence took place while Hughes was on holiday, driving along the A5 near Chirk in North Wales. He has been summoned to appear at Wrexham Magistrates Court on 21 November.Like his predecessor Richard Brunstrom, Med Hughes has adopted a hardline, pro-speed camera agenda since taking charge of road policing for ACPO (the Association of Chief Police Officers). In June he argued that speed cameras should be made “less conspicuous to motorists”. He’s now being accused of hypocrisy by motoring organisations and road safety campaigners alike.Back in 2006, Hughes gave an exclusive interview to Autocar in which he admitted to having six points on his driving licence already. He now stands to lose the right to drive altogether, and if he does, resignation from his job must surely be inevitable.

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30 October 2007

You would have thought that these people who have sufficient experience of real life and human nature not to hold themselves hostage to fortune with so-called "hardline" posturing on speeding motorists. It is tempting to hoist this fool by his own petard, but I would like people to use this as an opportunity to address his conduct on something more than just the headline speed he was travelling at. Yes, I've had two speeding tickets in the past seven years, and, yes, it has changed my behaviour. Here's how ... I have spent money on GPS speedcamera warning equipment and spend more time looking at my speedo in built up areas and less time scanning ahead of me. Just like the traffic taliban told me to. On second thoughts, having been through the process of being patronised by the system that I and many others help to fund, he deserves everything he has coming to him.

30 October 2007

He must have forgotten the 'Rat' sticker that police allegedly put in their rear windows to indicate to other police that they are on the force. The story goes that anyone carrying this symbol does not get prosecuted. Allegedly etc. Let's hope he does not get a fat bung if they fire him.

31 October 2007

Yet another authority figure who apparantly espouses the philosophy of "Do as I say and not as I do". I'm getting a little sick of reading about policemen, politicians and public officials who are more than happy to lay down stricter and stricter rules that they require the rest of us to adhere to whilst they themselves seem to disregard them whenever they like. I hope this guy gets the book thrown at him in much the same way as he and his colleagues treat the general public. Of course he should resign, but I suspect we'll see him be given the opportunity to take early retirement and retain all his pension rights and we'll soon hear of him again in a senior position in some safety camera partnership or similar role on another high salary, these people do seem to be able to take care of their own in some strange way. On a more serious note, I can't help feeling that the sooner we get sensible people into these senior posts, those who are prepared to enforce the laws that we already have in place rather than calling for more and more draconian sanctions, the sooner we will see respect for the police increase.


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31 October 2007

I will put money on it that he get's off on a technicality. They always do.

Policing by consent absolutely requires that this officer is nailed to the floor and it is this that strikes me as the real argument here, are we still policed by consent?

I am my brothers keeper?

31 October 2007

Punishment should be for the offence, not who he is or what he does.

If he is permitted to keep his licence, all and good as he needs it for his post. As long as we are all afforded the same courtesy of this same descretionary act. Particularily when we need the driving license for our work.

That should be mitigation enough for retention of ones driving licence for a mere Magistrate Court to comprehend.

31 October 2007

G, i take your point on it should be equal for all, but youve got to admit this is a bit of an ironic situation? Give him 6 points certainly, if thats what you or i would get.

31 October 2007

I know I'm getting old and cynical, but I can't escape the feeling that this guy will just walk away from a situation where I would have my (clean) licence taken from me. He'll probably use the highly stupid "I'm a trained driver" line for his defence. I'm not looking for his head on a plate I just hope he gets the same treatment as average Joe.

31 October 2007

He has adopted a hard line approach to speeding in his area, therefore the same approach should be adopted with him. What's good for the goose etc.

Somehow, I feel this will not be done in this case. Whatever form it takes, the same way of dealing with others should become the norm.

31 October 2007

I am gratified that such a hypocritical person should be up in court. He has told us there is no excuse for speeding yet here he is - on holiday - giving it some. I picked up three points and a £60 fine courtesy of N Wales Constab for doing 34mph on an enpty road at 1am in the morning. This was not a road 'in town' either.

So you'll forgive me for wanting him to be banned. You may recall it has been mentioned several times that if you are more than 30mph over the limit, its a ban. If he does attract a ban i do not want him to be fired. Merely reduced to the ranks to work on the beat for the remainder of his career. Er. Do they still have bobbys on the beat or do they all drive now?

There is no justification for him to get off. He makes sure nobody else does. A good mauling by the press would be nice. does anyone have a 'best of Meredydd' video montage castigating all speeders? It would be quite funny watching it now.

31 October 2007

PR the only ones still on the beat are the community support officers, who cant even arrest you. Just issue fines and warnings

Community support officer: Stop defacting in that letterbox, whats your name so i can write you a ticket?

Yob: Yes of course. My name is mr B Brush, 123 Lets'be Avenue........

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