Few tailgaters reported by Lancashire Police

Few tailgaters reported by Lancashire Poice

Few tailgaters reported by Lancashire Poice

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LESS than one tailgater a month has been penalised for careless driving on the county’s motorways since the police were handed new powers in August, new figures reveal.

Just nine motorists in Lancashire were issued with traffic offence reports for driving too close to the vehicle in front, a BBC Freedom of Information Act shows.

And just 45 were given tickets for needlessly hogging the middle, or outside lane on the motorway.

The majority of drivers penalised avoided penalty points by choosing to attend a driving awareness course instead, which is generally available to first offenders.

While 35 motorists attended a course, just one was given a fixed penalty of £100 and three points on their licence. Four were summonsed to court, and 19 are still waiting to hear their punishment.

A total of 6,359 motorists nationally have been fined for careless, or incon- siderate driving, since August when police were given power to hand out on-the-spot fines.

Blackburn MP Jack Straw criticised the tailgaters, but said the police had to be proportionate.

He said: “My perception is that driving standards have got better, and I have noticed less tailgating than I used to suffer.

“I’m not surprised by these figures and, on the whole, the road safety record in Lancashire is not bad. The police are dealing with, usually, people who tend to lead lawful lives. They have to be careful because they are not pulling over criminals.

“But tailgaters are a real menace.”

When the scheme was originally announced, Lancashire road police sergeant John Jennings-Wharton said he felt new enforcements could make Lancashire’s roads safer.

“These are driving mistakes which can cause collisions and could result in a death,” he said.

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1:40pm Thu 1 May 14

burner says...

Just how much of a menace is less than one criminal ?
Just how much of a menace is less than one criminal ? burner
  • Score: -23

2:14pm Thu 1 May 14

shytalk says...

Jack Straw said: “My perception is that driving standards have got better.
Hell he should try riding around on a pushbike and see what he thinks.
Jack Straw said: “My perception is that driving standards have got better. Hell he should try riding around on a pushbike and see what he thinks. shytalk
  • Score: 25

2:17pm Thu 1 May 14

what if says...

No surprise,same with mobile phone use whilst diving, you see it every day but police dont seem to. They need to be more pro active then accidents will reduce.
No surprise,same with mobile phone use whilst diving, you see it every day but police dont seem to. They need to be more pro active then accidents will reduce. what if
  • Score: 26

2:23pm Thu 1 May 14

what if says...

shytalk wrote:
Jack Straw said: “My perception is that driving standards have got better.
Hell he should try riding around on a pushbike and see what he thinks.
If he think they are better its no wonder he is out of touch with political issues, He should drive over Revidge, East Park Rd and Buncer Lane after 7pm and see for himself the boy racers,
[quote][p][bold]shytalk[/bold] wrote: Jack Straw said: “My perception is that driving standards have got better. Hell he should try riding around on a pushbike and see what he thinks.[/p][/quote]If he think they are better its no wonder he is out of touch with political issues, He should drive over Revidge, East Park Rd and Buncer Lane after 7pm and see for himself the boy racers, what if
  • Score: 29

2:29pm Thu 1 May 14

A Darener says...

what if wrote:
shytalk wrote:
Jack Straw said: “My perception is that driving standards have got better.
Hell he should try riding around on a pushbike and see what he thinks.
If he think they are better its no wonder he is out of touch with political issues, He should drive over Revidge, East Park Rd and Buncer Lane after 7pm and see for himself the boy racers,
Was that before or after he was photographed eating at the wheel.
[quote][p][bold]what if[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]shytalk[/bold] wrote: Jack Straw said: “My perception is that driving standards have got better. Hell he should try riding around on a pushbike and see what he thinks.[/p][/quote]If he think they are better its no wonder he is out of touch with political issues, He should drive over Revidge, East Park Rd and Buncer Lane after 7pm and see for himself the boy racers,[/p][/quote]Was that before or after he was photographed eating at the wheel. A Darener
  • Score: 26

2:38pm Thu 1 May 14

shytalk says...

A Darener wrote:
what if wrote:
shytalk wrote:
Jack Straw said: “My perception is that driving standards have got better.
Hell he should try riding around on a pushbike and see what he thinks.
If he think they are better its no wonder he is out of touch with political issues, He should drive over Revidge, East Park Rd and Buncer Lane after 7pm and see for himself the boy racers,
Was that before or after he was photographed eating at the wheel.
Ha ha .. next pic will be with him holding a mobi to his ear. and drinking one of those fancy coffees Think i have counted 5 today doing that.
Seems politicians and those who drive mercs/BMW's have diplomatic immunity
[quote][p][bold]A Darener[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]what if[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]shytalk[/bold] wrote: Jack Straw said: “My perception is that driving standards have got better. Hell he should try riding around on a pushbike and see what he thinks.[/p][/quote]If he think they are better its no wonder he is out of touch with political issues, He should drive over Revidge, East Park Rd and Buncer Lane after 7pm and see for himself the boy racers,[/p][/quote]Was that before or after he was photographed eating at the wheel.[/p][/quote]Ha ha .. next pic will be with him holding a mobi to his ear. and drinking one of those fancy coffees Think i have counted 5 today doing that. Seems politicians and those who drive mercs/BMW's have diplomatic immunity shytalk
  • Score: 28

3:14pm Thu 1 May 14

Steven Seagull says...

what if wrote:
No surprise,same with mobile phone use whilst diving, you see it every day but police dont seem to. They need to be more pro active then accidents will reduce.
Proactive with what resources exactly? For the Police to see people using mobiles while driving they have to be out there. Do you know how many cops there are about nowadays?

See home office budget cuts for the answer.
[quote][p][bold]what if[/bold] wrote: No surprise,same with mobile phone use whilst diving, you see it every day but police dont seem to. They need to be more pro active then accidents will reduce.[/p][/quote]Proactive with what resources exactly? For the Police to see people using mobiles while driving they have to be out there. Do you know how many cops there are about nowadays? See home office budget cuts for the answer. Steven Seagull
  • Score: -22

3:44pm Thu 1 May 14

ConcernedOssy says...

A Darener wrote:
what if wrote:
shytalk wrote:
Jack Straw said: “My perception is that driving standards have got better.
Hell he should try riding around on a pushbike and see what he thinks.
If he think they are better its no wonder he is out of touch with political issues, He should drive over Revidge, East Park Rd and Buncer Lane after 7pm and see for himself the boy racers,
Was that before or after he was photographed eating at the wheel.
He couldn't tailgate them he needed to get rid of the skin. But then again how many do you notice tailgating Police cars. lol
[quote][p][bold]A Darener[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]what if[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]shytalk[/bold] wrote: Jack Straw said: “My perception is that driving standards have got better. Hell he should try riding around on a pushbike and see what he thinks.[/p][/quote]If he think they are better its no wonder he is out of touch with political issues, He should drive over Revidge, East Park Rd and Buncer Lane after 7pm and see for himself the boy racers,[/p][/quote]Was that before or after he was photographed eating at the wheel.[/p][/quote]He couldn't tailgate them he needed to get rid of the skin. But then again how many do you notice tailgating Police cars. lol ConcernedOssy
  • Score: 22

3:54pm Thu 1 May 14

Steven Seagull says...

ConcernedOssy wrote:
A Darener wrote:
what if wrote:
shytalk wrote:
Jack Straw said: “My perception is that driving standards have got better.
Hell he should try riding around on a pushbike and see what he thinks.
If he think they are better its no wonder he is out of touch with political issues, He should drive over Revidge, East Park Rd and Buncer Lane after 7pm and see for himself the boy racers,
Was that before or after he was photographed eating at the wheel.
He couldn't tailgate them he needed to get rid of the skin. But then again how many do you notice tailgating Police cars. lol
Do YOU even know what you are talking about?
[quote][p][bold]ConcernedOssy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]A Darener[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]what if[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]shytalk[/bold] wrote: Jack Straw said: “My perception is that driving standards have got better. Hell he should try riding around on a pushbike and see what he thinks.[/p][/quote]If he think they are better its no wonder he is out of touch with political issues, He should drive over Revidge, East Park Rd and Buncer Lane after 7pm and see for himself the boy racers,[/p][/quote]Was that before or after he was photographed eating at the wheel.[/p][/quote]He couldn't tailgate them he needed to get rid of the skin. But then again how many do you notice tailgating Police cars. lol[/p][/quote]Do YOU even know what you are talking about? Steven Seagull
  • Score: -22

4:19pm Thu 1 May 14

ossym says...

Mostly German cars.
Mostly German cars. ossym
  • Score: 24

4:44pm Thu 1 May 14

what if says...

shytalk wrote:
Jack Straw said: “My perception is that driving standards have got better.
Hell he should try riding around on a pushbike and see what he thinks.
travels by train 1st class so only sees cars when motorway and rail run side by side. Explains his comments
[quote][p][bold]shytalk[/bold] wrote: Jack Straw said: “My perception is that driving standards have got better. Hell he should try riding around on a pushbike and see what he thinks.[/p][/quote]travels by train 1st class so only sees cars when motorway and rail run side by side. Explains his comments what if
  • Score: 21

4:45pm Thu 1 May 14

HarryBosch says...

Steven Seagull wrote:
what if wrote:
No surprise,same with mobile phone use whilst diving, you see it every day but police dont seem to. They need to be more pro active then accidents will reduce.
Proactive with what resources exactly? For the Police to see people using mobiles while driving they have to be out there. Do you know how many cops there are about nowadays?

See home office budget cuts for the answer.
I have to say that since the new powers were published, I have noticed a definite improvement in tailgating and middle lane hogging on Lancashire motorways. BUT, I don't drive on motorways every day and I don't drive at peak times.
Muggers - here's a task for you, find out how many dedicated traffic cars are out in the county on a normal day shift.
[quote][p][bold]Steven Seagull[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]what if[/bold] wrote: No surprise,same with mobile phone use whilst diving, you see it every day but police dont seem to. They need to be more pro active then accidents will reduce.[/p][/quote]Proactive with what resources exactly? For the Police to see people using mobiles while driving they have to be out there. Do you know how many cops there are about nowadays? See home office budget cuts for the answer.[/p][/quote]I have to say that since the new powers were published, I have noticed a definite improvement in tailgating and middle lane hogging on Lancashire motorways. BUT, I don't drive on motorways every day and I don't drive at peak times. Muggers - here's a task for you, find out how many dedicated traffic cars are out in the county on a normal day shift. HarryBosch
  • Score: 20

4:56pm Thu 1 May 14

Steven Seagull says...

HarryBosch wrote:
Steven Seagull wrote:
what if wrote:
No surprise,same with mobile phone use whilst diving, you see it every day but police dont seem to. They need to be more pro active then accidents will reduce.
Proactive with what resources exactly? For the Police to see people using mobiles while driving they have to be out there. Do you know how many cops there are about nowadays?

See home office budget cuts for the answer.
I have to say that since the new powers were published, I have noticed a definite improvement in tailgating and middle lane hogging on Lancashire motorways. BUT, I don't drive on motorways every day and I don't drive at peak times.
Muggers - here's a task for you, find out how many dedicated traffic cars are out in the county on a normal day shift.
I'm all over it, I'll get back to you.
[quote][p][bold]HarryBosch[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Steven Seagull[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]what if[/bold] wrote: No surprise,same with mobile phone use whilst diving, you see it every day but police dont seem to. They need to be more pro active then accidents will reduce.[/p][/quote]Proactive with what resources exactly? For the Police to see people using mobiles while driving they have to be out there. Do you know how many cops there are about nowadays? See home office budget cuts for the answer.[/p][/quote]I have to say that since the new powers were published, I have noticed a definite improvement in tailgating and middle lane hogging on Lancashire motorways. BUT, I don't drive on motorways every day and I don't drive at peak times. Muggers - here's a task for you, find out how many dedicated traffic cars are out in the county on a normal day shift.[/p][/quote]I'm all over it, I'll get back to you. Steven Seagull
  • Score: 17

6:22pm Thu 1 May 14

Steven Seagull says...

Steven Seagull wrote:
HarryBosch wrote:
Steven Seagull wrote:
what if wrote:
No surprise,same with mobile phone use whilst diving, you see it every day but police dont seem to. They need to be more pro active then accidents will reduce.
Proactive with what resources exactly? For the Police to see people using mobiles while driving they have to be out there. Do you know how many cops there are about nowadays?

See home office budget cuts for the answer.
I have to say that since the new powers were published, I have noticed a definite improvement in tailgating and middle lane hogging on Lancashire motorways. BUT, I don't drive on motorways every day and I don't drive at peak times.
Muggers - here's a task for you, find out how many dedicated traffic cars are out in the county on a normal day shift.
I'm all over it, I'll get back to you.
Right, if my information is correct there should be about 25 out on the counties roads during the day,but take in to account annual leave, training courses things like enquiries into fatal accidents etc and anybody off with illnesses / injuries then you're probably talking more nearer 10-15 for the county, and even then they are probably going to incidents that normal beat officers would attend because their numbers are depleted .
Not a lot when you consider how big Lancashire is. So for those that are complaining there aren't any cops around when morons are using their phones/tailgating people on the motorway that is why. And why is this? Simple......a direct result of having 20% slashed from the budget. And if you think this is bad wait and see what it's like in 2017 when the government expect them to find another 20 million quid in savings. I'm not making this up.
[quote][p][bold]Steven Seagull[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]HarryBosch[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Steven Seagull[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]what if[/bold] wrote: No surprise,same with mobile phone use whilst diving, you see it every day but police dont seem to. They need to be more pro active then accidents will reduce.[/p][/quote]Proactive with what resources exactly? For the Police to see people using mobiles while driving they have to be out there. Do you know how many cops there are about nowadays? See home office budget cuts for the answer.[/p][/quote]I have to say that since the new powers were published, I have noticed a definite improvement in tailgating and middle lane hogging on Lancashire motorways. BUT, I don't drive on motorways every day and I don't drive at peak times. Muggers - here's a task for you, find out how many dedicated traffic cars are out in the county on a normal day shift.[/p][/quote]I'm all over it, I'll get back to you.[/p][/quote]Right, if my information is correct there should be about 25 out on the counties roads during the day,but take in to account annual leave, training courses things like enquiries into fatal accidents etc and anybody off with illnesses / injuries then you're probably talking more nearer 10-15 for the county, and even then they are probably going to incidents that normal beat officers would attend because their numbers are depleted . Not a lot when you consider how big Lancashire is. So for those that are complaining there aren't any cops around when morons are using their phones/tailgating people on the motorway that is why. And why is this? Simple......a direct result of having 20% slashed from the budget. And if you think this is bad wait and see what it's like in 2017 when the government expect them to find another 20 million quid in savings. I'm not making this up. Steven Seagull
  • Score: 20

7:34pm Thu 1 May 14

HarryBosch says...

Yeah, just not enough Muggers, and like you say, only going to get worse when the extra budget cuts come into play. Lancashire has a population of circa 1.5 million population, covers an area of some 1,230 Sq miles and has four (plus) motorways! So even with all 25 out the odds are stacked against them.
Yeah, just not enough Muggers, and like you say, only going to get worse when the extra budget cuts come into play. Lancashire has a population of circa 1.5 million population, covers an area of some 1,230 Sq miles and has four (plus) motorways! So even with all 25 out the odds are stacked against them. HarryBosch
  • Score: 17

7:44pm Thu 1 May 14

shytalk says...

Come on the coppers get em pulled and off the road.
Come on the coppers get em pulled and off the road. shytalk
  • Score: 11

7:45pm Thu 1 May 14

Steven Seagull says...

HarryBosch wrote:
Yeah, just not enough Muggers, and like you say, only going to get worse when the extra budget cuts come into play. Lancashire has a population of circa 1.5 million population, covers an area of some 1,230 Sq miles and has four (plus) motorways! So even with all 25 out the odds are stacked against them.
Maybe you and I should join the special constabulary and offer our services! :)
[quote][p][bold]HarryBosch[/bold] wrote: Yeah, just not enough Muggers, and like you say, only going to get worse when the extra budget cuts come into play. Lancashire has a population of circa 1.5 million population, covers an area of some 1,230 Sq miles and has four (plus) motorways! So even with all 25 out the odds are stacked against them.[/p][/quote]Maybe you and I should join the special constabulary and offer our services! :) Steven Seagull
  • Score: 14

8:47pm Thu 1 May 14

HarryBosch says...

Steven Seagull wrote:
HarryBosch wrote:
Yeah, just not enough Muggers, and like you say, only going to get worse when the extra budget cuts come into play. Lancashire has a population of circa 1.5 million population, covers an area of some 1,230 Sq miles and has four (plus) motorways! So even with all 25 out the odds are stacked against them.
Maybe you and I should join the special constabulary and offer our services! :)
Ha not much chance for me Muggers, three f's - 50 fat an f***ed !!!
[quote][p][bold]Steven Seagull[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]HarryBosch[/bold] wrote: Yeah, just not enough Muggers, and like you say, only going to get worse when the extra budget cuts come into play. Lancashire has a population of circa 1.5 million population, covers an area of some 1,230 Sq miles and has four (plus) motorways! So even with all 25 out the odds are stacked against them.[/p][/quote]Maybe you and I should join the special constabulary and offer our services! :)[/p][/quote]Ha not much chance for me Muggers, three f's - 50 fat an f***ed !!! HarryBosch
  • Score: 12

9:39pm Thu 1 May 14

Steven Seagull says...

HarryBosch wrote:
Steven Seagull wrote:
HarryBosch wrote:
Yeah, just not enough Muggers, and like you say, only going to get worse when the extra budget cuts come into play. Lancashire has a population of circa 1.5 million population, covers an area of some 1,230 Sq miles and has four (plus) motorways! So even with all 25 out the odds are stacked against them.
Maybe you and I should join the special constabulary and offer our services! :)
Ha not much chance for me Muggers, three f's - 50 fat an f***ed !!!
You'd make an ideal traffic cop then!
[quote][p][bold]HarryBosch[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Steven Seagull[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]HarryBosch[/bold] wrote: Yeah, just not enough Muggers, and like you say, only going to get worse when the extra budget cuts come into play. Lancashire has a population of circa 1.5 million population, covers an area of some 1,230 Sq miles and has four (plus) motorways! So even with all 25 out the odds are stacked against them.[/p][/quote]Maybe you and I should join the special constabulary and offer our services! :)[/p][/quote]Ha not much chance for me Muggers, three f's - 50 fat an f***ed !!![/p][/quote]You'd make an ideal traffic cop then! Steven Seagull
  • Score: 8

8:19am Fri 2 May 14

HarryBosch says...

Whaaaaaaaaa.... :-0 your gonna get some grief for that Muggers ha ha
Whaaaaaaaaa.... :-0 your gonna get some grief for that Muggers ha ha HarryBosch
  • Score: 7

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