Is there a part of you that feels even remotely sorry for CC Mereydd Hughes who, on November 21, will go to Wrexham magistrates court to find out what punishment awaits him, having been clocked doing 90mph in a 60mph limit while on holiday in May this year?
In the last few years Mereydd Hughes – in his role as Britain’s leading traffic policeman – has gone from being the saviour of the car enthusiast to the bane of anyone with a UK driving licence. When he replaced road-hating Richard Brunstrom as Britain’s top traffic cop CC Hughes made all the right noises about good driving being an essential part of the way forward. But unfortunately nothing much has changed since he took charge.
Still the cameras have come, and still the UK’s drivers have continued to get pinched for doing 36mph in 30mph limits, thereby upping their insurance premiums and soiling their otherwise clean criminal records. And that’s to say nothing of the even more ludicrous proposals for a zero tolerance ‘speed-kills’ campaign, accompanied by somewhat hypocritical claims that the police will hunt down drivers who fail to identify themselves – CC Hughes’ own constabulary having subsequently been identified as the worst offending constabularly in the land when it comes to this particular offence.