Just don’t break speed limit

YOUR article “Police accused of cashing in on speed cameras” (Gazette, January 27) caused me some amusement.

Motorists always accuse the various authorities of ‘milking the cash cow’ and to some extent this may be true. But the problem with motorists is that they (we) make decisions about which laws we will obey and those which we will ignore. Then, having ignored certain laws, we complain when we are caught.

The speeding laws are a good example of this (as are those laws pertaining to use of hand-held mobile phones, use of seat belts, and those regarding driving a safe distance from the vehicle in front – as I have a small, slower car I am almost routinely tail-gated by van drivers).

The logic about such complaints is that the motorist is entitled to speed and that the subsequent fine is just a money-making ruse.

But we are not entitled to speed and there are a number of ways to ensure that the various authorities don’t make money out of us. The most obvious is don’t break the speed limit.

It is, after all, part of the law of the land imposed by successive allegedly democratically-elected governments. If you don’t like the laws then campaign against them in a democratic manner and stop moaning.

We can also get smaller cars and pay less road tax, we can stop making unnecessary car journeys and we can drive more slowly thus using less fuel. All of these will mean less income for the Chancellor. But a quick trip around Alnwick or a drive down the A1 will demonstrate very quickly that local motorists are still using hand-held phones whilst driving, are still driving very fast and, on one occasion last week, driving very dangerously at speed.

I understand that a motorist may be prosecuted for warning other motorists about speed traps. Does that mean that all warning signs regarding the presence of cameras are illegal? I hope so.

Martyn Tuckwell,

Farriers Rise,

Shilbottle