Friday, January 22, 2010
Police harassment results 'encouraging'
The website of Gwent police proudly proclaim the results for their area as 'encouraging'. From 20,578 motorists inconvenienced only 80 were found to be over the limit. To put it in context only 0.388% of those stopped were found to be breaking the law. The rest were stopped for no other reason than driving a car.
The drink driving campaign has always been a win/win for the police, regardless of the results. The results suit them both ways. A drop in those found to be over the limit is hailed as a success and any increase gives them leeway to crank up the relentless persecution against the public.
Personally speaking, I think it's outrageous that we submit to this and various other 'random checks' without protest. Last time I looked, a police officer had to have reasonable suspicion before stopping a member of the public. This random check nonsense is not on and must be curtailed. This is a free country, (isn't it?)
But we are conditioned to blind acceptance and compliance. Most television programmes of a policing nature feature a segment showing random checks happening. The terrorist bogeyman of today has been used to further erode our freedom to go about our daily lives without being questioned by 'authority'. The plight of photographers being a case in point. How much more will we put up with?
Lots more, I fear.
Enough is enough.