Cash on Demand Justice
SERIOUS crimes such as assaulting a police officer and mugging will be punished by instant fines of up to £100 from next year under plans to keep hundreds of thousands of offenders out of court.
Proposals drawn up by the Home Office, and seen by The Times, envisage a huge extension of fixed-penalty notices from early 2007. They would apply to nearly 30 offences, including assault, threatening behaviour, all types of theft up to a value of £100, obstructing or assaulting a police officer, possession of cannabis, and drunkenness.
A review of the Government's speed cameras policy was demanded yesterday after official statistics showed that only five per cent of crashes are caused by drivers breaking the speed limit....
There are more than 5,400 camera sites in England and Wales, which raised £113 million in fines in 2004-5
Leaving alone for a minute a society which judges assaulting a Police Officer or Mugging (up to £100) as only as naughty as low level speeding what the hell is going on? Are we really becoming a place where at every turn some uniformed goon can demand cash with legal menaces? Oh there will be due process, if you demand it and don't mind your life being turned upside down for two years, but you won't demand it, will you? You will just swipe the card and get on with your prole like existence.