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#1 Andy H Dibley

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Posted 02 February 2013 - 11:19 AM

Not in a bad way, but should serve a caution to anyone not on top of their cars safety.

Coming back from the pub I go to, I decided to use the motorway rather than the rural route that caused me grief with a deer. Pulling off the motorway, into a 30, must admit wasn't fully aware of my speed, but I know I wasn't speeding. Out of no where a red light stick appears and waves me into a side road where it would appear half of Thames Valleys finest are waiting.

I got asked for my driving license, who I was insured with, what I was doing, and then asked, when did I last check my tyres. I'm a bit anal when it comes to stuff like that, I try to do it every time I wash the car which is at least twice a month. Anyway, I say it had an MOT two weeks ago, they give me a free check all the same. Then he leans in the window, which I must admit was a bit off putting and spots a zip tie bag on the passenger seat. I guess thinking he's possibly just uncovered the worst drug runner ever, I reply with 'a tap and some screws...' (Engineers eh!). He then says I'm going to breathalyse you just as a routine thing.

Its at this point my rule of no drinking at all when driving final pays off! Even though I was coming back from the pub, I'm sadly one of those types who doesn't drink when I'm driving. So after collecting my souvenir and hearing all my details come back ok, I'm allowed on my way with a warning to watch my speed.

All fun and games, but I did see one woman getting a ticket for something. I personally think it's a good thing on the whole, just glad I wasn't in a rush or needing to get anywhere as the 5 minute wait for the all ok was a bit of a nuisance, and makes you twitch a bit.

So folks, check your cars over if you're out late, make sure they're legal etc!

As for me, I got myself a funky new straw!
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#2 jimrex

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Posted 02 February 2013 - 12:14 PM

Very true! They seem pretty fond of regularly setting up and pulling everyone into a layby just to run all the checks - I think it's a great idea to combat drink drivers and the uninsured... if everything's above board, you've got nothing to worry about!

I do quite a bit of late night driving. I did get odd looks off of an unmarked Octavia VRS parked up on a roundabout on the A45 around midnight the other day when I approached it a bit too quick (just didn't notice it until the last second)... luckily I think they were purposely parked there to catch someone out as just up the road was a marked Volvo parked in wait.

Does make you wonder how many cars around at night aren't legit though...

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Posted 02 February 2013 - 12:58 PM

More than you'd believe.

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Posted 02 February 2013 - 03:23 PM

There's about 2 million uninsured drivers on the road who are pushing the premiums up for everyone else. As you would expect, many of these uninsured simply cant drive and are the cause of a large proportion of accidents. It certainly keeps Stoney and his mates busy as they are knicking around half a million of them every year.

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Posted 02 February 2013 - 04:21 PM

I love my ANPR system, it tells me all offences and offenders connected to a vehicle instantly.

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Posted 02 February 2013 - 05:32 PM

Yet to have my first uninsured... It'll happen tho ;)

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Posted 02 February 2013 - 06:20 PM

Yet to have my first uninsured... It'll happen tho ;)


Wait until you get your first full house (insurance, licence, MOT and tax,) always fun.

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Posted 02 February 2013 - 06:22 PM

Is there enough space on a TOR lol?!?

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Posted 02 February 2013 - 06:45 PM

what bugs me about the peeps with no license, mot, insurance and tax is the lenient sentences they get. i effing hate the stipd justic system for that. i know a judge and he's the same, they have to follow the rules otherwise he says he'd chuck the lot in jail!

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Posted 02 February 2013 - 06:56 PM

That's when you make a statement on the rear of your copy of the TOR and in your personal notebook.
When you do your first few TOR forms, your mentor should advise you accordingly anyway.

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Posted 10 February 2013 - 04:51 PM

I got pulled a few days ago because the police thought my break lights were out.
Because the roads are clear and it was about 2am i very rarely use my breaks i just go down in gears way before i get to the lights to slow down enough to not have to break. Anyways next thing i see was blue lights behind me so i pull over, policeman gets out comes to my window and says sorry about pulling you over thought your break lights were out but i seen they wernt when you pulled over (while they were pulling me over i had to use my breaks to stop) so they did the usual breathalised me and checked my car, top guys really we had a laugh while i sat in the back of their car and gave my details and then i went on my way. First time getting pulled over.


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Posted 10 February 2013 - 07:47 PM

I got pulled a few days ago because the police thought my break lights were out.
Because the roads are clear and it was about 2am i very rarely use my breaks i just go down in gears way before i get to the lights to slow down enough to not have to break. Anyways next thing i see was blue lights behind me so i pull over, policeman gets out comes to my window and says sorry about pulling you over thought your break lights were out but i seen they wernt when you pulled over (while they were pulling me over i had to use my breaks to stop) so they did the usual breathalised me and checked my car, top guys really we had a laugh while i sat in the back of their car and gave my details and then i went on my way. First time getting pulled over.


Blimey, they put you in the back of their car?! I would be a bit miffed at that being honest. I know the guys have a job to do, but I reckon they were looking for a reason to stop you.

By the way, no offence to those on the board here, but my view of the BiB is getting worse. They're having a crack down in my area on speeders. Great! Don't get me wrong, I can't stand the barry boys around here in their slammed Corsas driving at stupid speeds. But Monday night, I was coming home at about 1:30am, and I entered a NSL with a car approaching from behind. Having had my run in with a deer just before xmas last year, I've been extra careful in the rural areas.

Anyway, this car is quickly upon my rear bumper, and not letting off. I'm doing 50, when I could be doing 60, have full beams on and driving in rain. I ended up having this tailgater so close I couldn't see their lights in my rear view mirror. I come to pull off and the car continues to follow me, then pull a U turn in the road, at which point I see in the rear view mirror its a panda car. I was !Removed! furious as you could tell they were either trying to make me speed, or brake test them. Its almost !Removed! entrapment.

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Posted 10 February 2013 - 09:26 PM

Had that before myself, slowed to 30 :P

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Posted 11 February 2013 - 02:36 PM

I tend to slow down, if I was to ever be pulled because they were tailgating me (I Too have experienced it) my response would be "if I kept going and we had an accident at 50mph, it would have been a worse accident than if we impacted at 30" I have had police cars drive up my rear, and as a result I have had to increase my speed, but I do drop down again, I once flashed my hazard lights at a policeman as he was so close to my bumper. He got the hint and dropped back, if he was a traffic cop, his camera would have caught the episode and he would have been in trouble If I reported it, if he was a regular cop, we would have a he said she said situation, and therefore they still wouldnt win...

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Posted 11 February 2013 - 06:08 PM

I appreciate the job Police do and have a fair few friends amoungst the biggest gang in the UK!

Essex, Herts & Met Police buddies.....BUT...i'm not a fan of the double standards or when you're pulled over even after checks just for the 'because we can' line.

To be honest the last time i was pulled i was in the wrong doing over the speed limit (85 in a 70) and stopped by a Police Biker who in the end was a sound bloke and just gave me a ticking off and some hearty advice.

But i've been pulled before doing completely nothing wrong with a legit car, insurance, MOT, Tax etc etc and the guy was a complete !Removed! trying to impress his new young policewoman partner. It was embarrassing to watch and listen too but i had to be 'yes sir, no sir, 3 bags full sir'.

Took 35mins to do everything he wanted check wise and a 'friendly chat' about what i was doing wrong when driving (which was nothing). I'd been on a 16hr double shift (that i told him) and it was just not on.

Again that was a one off but it's just annoying at times when you think of all the non insured, no mot, no tax drivers outthere and i get stopped...grinds my gears.

Totally agree with the justice system too! Harsher punishments all round!

PHEW! rant over...and relax :)

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