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November 18, 2016

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One Eyed Monsters !

November 18, 2016

  JKW.  You could have replied "from the bloody ground, dipstick". Or were they all built like the proverbial brick s- h- one-T house? Or you could have replied "picked her up from your house, mate".... But that could lead to more trouble...Just a thought!!!

November 18, 2016

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One Eyed Monsters !

November 18, 2016

John you must physic , I've come to the conclusion too on fewer cop cars on the road a) in the UK b) in Ireland with my trip to the UK last week and driving over here . Once upon a time you could manage to count on one hand the offending cars had defective headlights ,(not only cars either white van man has their problem too ) now you need a calculator ,especially around Manchester m62/60 . Yes they realise they have a dummy light cos they love using main beam on you,then you have to flash 'em to get to switch off if at all. The worst affenders are the tail gate drivers , a couple of foot off your boot always looking to overtake moving in and out and with only one light working its a pain. Now cycleist are failed Kama Kazi pilots ,some have day glow jackets lights etc ,others nowt not even a helmet and as for motorbikes yuk ,example going to Chester last Saturday m56 near Manchester airport ,inside 2 lanes turning into terminals , motorbike undertaking middle lane doing at least 80+ when car decides he wants to go to airport from lane 4 cutting across 2&3 (BMW) how they missed each other I don't know ,making at least myself and another 5/6 cars break suddenly to avoid ploughing into them . I also bet now that the UK cars don't display road tax that there are more dodgy cars on the road let alone drivers ,here in Ireland we have to display Tax,Insurance and if the car is older than 4 years old a current NCT ( M.O.T ) so the illegal car/driver are easily caught ,but back the to the problem of no cops on the road that seems unlikely . Catch 22.

November 19, 2016

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November 19, 2016

As bad as the one eyed monsters are the cars with headlights that blind you. I have lost count of the number of times I have "flashed" an oncoming car at night thinking the driver had full beam on, the "flash" back showing they were on main beam no longer surprises me. It isn't me because most cars are alright it's just some of them that seem to be inordinately bright. As for the dearth of cop cars John mentions, she who must be obeyed gets incensed whenever we get cut up or she sees mad drivers flouting the Highway Code et al with nary a patrol car in sight. Why is it then , if YOU or I make a minor error, have a bulb fail, transgress the speed limit slightly etc the boys in blue are all over us like a rash. Probably not so but that's often how it feels. Could be we are all getting older?  

November 19, 2016

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November 19, 2016

Oh to be able to do the old tank "both sticks" turns on said roads and motorways when morons get in your way!!!!! Now THAT would scatter the lot of them......Ho Ho Ho!!!!

November 23, 2016

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November 23, 2016

getting worried about you guys , senility proven to be happening to you ,to wit , two of you keep losing count, and one of you needs a calculator to count on more than one hand, and one guy wants to stick it to them. With reference to road tax etc, etc, where you see two bridges on the motorway, or  the normal speed trap area where you cannot turn off the following now takes place. On the motorway, on bridge one, the van/police vehicle has the camera/telescope which picks up on your  number plate, the following information after it is typed into the PNC.  1)  Whether car is taxed, 2) insured, 3) has a current MOT, 4)  colour of the vehicle. Any of these not shown to be correct will be transmitted to the line of police vehicles/motorbikes and you will be stopped. then the fun begins. Car impounded if  1. 2. 3. are not in order, ticket issued if after proving vehicle matches number plate but the colour is wrong, colour must match veh doc V05. Then it gets worse, vehicle worth less than £3000 taken to the dismantlers, you get billed for the following, car transported off motor way, you taxied off motorway unless you are arrested, whatever the court decides to fine you, and your licence endorsed if you have one, ( points make prices for the insurance companies).You lose all the way. Now if your car is worth more than £3000  it is taken to auction and after above expenses are taken out you would expect the residue to be paid to you. IE, car sold for £ 6000, all expenses say for a figure £2000 residue £4000 THIS GOES TO THE POLICE FUND you get nothing but a hard lesson learned. That is why you do not see so many old bangers as you used to. The same applies to areas off the motorway,. Unfortunately what happens now is the miscreants, tend to buy a cheap car and are not bothered about the car being crushed, or the fines etc, as they plead poverty and are stopped buttons off their gyro or whatever it called these days. Further to that when you join or leave the motorway your number plate is registered by a small upright post normally painted Grey at the side of the motorway where you join/ exit, also on overhead gantries you will see a flash taking your picture. big brother is really watching you as well as the gangsters/drug couriers etc, motorway services are the same.

November 23, 2016

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November 23, 2016

Bob, Nice to know all that surveillance is taking place to catch the bad guys, but how often does it come to fruition ? What sort of percentage of non taxed, non insured or non MOT'd vehicles are actually caught, with the penalties you mention really carried out ? If as successful as I'd hope, the Police Auctions would need to be held monthly ! It would also appear that staying OFF the motorway network increases the scallys chance of being detected!! John (JKW)

November 23, 2016

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November 23, 2016

Further to the above, police actually on the ground in numbers (instead of lurking on m'way bridges) could substantially improve road safety by stopping vehicles with dodgy lighting, bald tyres and drivers on their mobiles (my real pet hate) - no amount of cameras & PNC recognition systems detect those offences. It's the same with the military, "boots on the ground" is what wins the war, but as always, it's money (or lack of ) which is the problem in funding the "boots" - maybe our Chancellor should have drastically reduced our Overseas Aid Budget to pay for the additional resources our country needs in policing, our Armed Forces, & the NHS. John (JKW)

November 23, 2016

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November 23, 2016

JKW, I agree fully to the above msg (as always!!)

November 24, 2016

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November 24, 2016

John, I am convinced that the motorway traps  work however ,you only have so much resources to work with, I have seen as many as 15 motorbikes lined up along the motorway with miscreants. I still on a daily basis travel on M53.M56, M57, M58, M60, M6, also on the A55 through to Holyhead. I see these traps as I call them quite frequently, so they must work or they would be discontinued. I know you are familiar with WIRRAL and the favourite speed cameras whether these are static or mobile, being caught on the mobile devices also means your vehicle is put through the normal lights, wipers washers. tyres and general condition, when did you last have a drink etc, coming on to yours and mine pet hate mobiles and the use thereof, local rag here reports that over 1400 caught this year, ( more power to their arms),all above checks come in when stopped for any reason. I do concur whole heartedly that the new chancellor could of, should of but DID,NT, empower, the  Armed forces, Police, NHS, or any of the essential services that are required, as a matter of fact all of these services have received drastic cuts 400 in the police on Merseyside this year alone, pictures in daily papers of 20 paramedics in a queue with their patients waiting to hand over to nurses, no beds ,understaffed hospitals, Army fast approaching being called a defence force now it is so small, Navy down to 18/19 frigate/destroyers, Raf in the same dire circumstances, regiments that had in our time just over 600 men  down to just over 300, there are not enough boots on the ground, which ever way you look at it. There needs to be urgent changes and pretty soon, before it becomes DRASTIC.  


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