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Statistics reveal drop in driving crime

Thursday May 14 2015

Alan Billings Alan Billings

FEWER fines for drivers using mobile phones at the wheel have been handed out in Barnsley - due to the fact there are less officers.

Statistics have shown the number of  motorists given fixed penalty notices for illegally using mobile phones on the road have collapsed by 80 per cent in Barnsley in four years.

South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner Dr Alan Billings the change corresponds to a reduction in the number of police officers available, though South Yorkshire Police are also involved in educational work to highlight the danger caused by misusing handsets.

He added: "I would urge anyone who insists on using mobile devices to think long and hard about their actions. It only takes a few seconds of inattention to put your own safety and that of other drivers, cyclists and pedestrians at serious risk."

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Reply Posted by Whats Occurrin on Thursday May 14 2015 at 20:16
Deary me!!! The police missing out on all that money in fines?...That'll never do!
The poor lambs will be gutted come Christmas. Imagine them ordering only a fraction of the amount of booze they would normally consume! Try to comprehend the sheer disappointment and bemusement on their little faces when they have to suffer tins of John West salmon, instead of the usual specially ordered fresh Scottish salmon, flown in by private jet, directly from the fishing boat.
Picture the moment, when they pull their festive poundland crackers, and a limp banana shaped keyring with a smiley face falls out, instead of the accustomed gold plated, diamond and lapis lazuli encrusted wristwatch from the usual, up-market Harrods cracker!
Never mind boys and girls of the police force...maybe next year you could concentrate your efforts on catching REAL criminals (although the pay's not so good). Or you could take the much easier "council" route, and start fining people for dropping a cigarette stub, unintentionally spreading the chewing gum infestation from Wellington Street to other, (more "exclusive" areas of the town), or even accidentally stepping on the cracks in the pavements!
Although SOME of my text may be slightly exaggerated, the fact remains......we are constantly taken for a ride by these A-holes,on a daily basis!

Reply Posted by MADASHELL on Friday May 15 2015 at 13:35
Put some cameras on the Park Springs bypass near Symphony @ 4.30 p.m. and you'll catch the lot, mobile phone users, maniac speeding drivers, overloaded cars, no seat belts, driving on the wrong side of the road, no indicators and the best bit, they are all eastern Europeans which more than likely don't have a legitimate driving licence anyway!!!

Reply Posted by lee on Saturday May 16 2015 at 09:34
although i totally agree with it being illegal to use a mobile phone whilst driving, but i never understood why its ok for a police officer to use his/her radio whilst driving. especially when they have a police officer at the side of them that could make the radio response!!!!!!!!!