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matchoo

Scottish motorists being hit hard

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matchoo

This story has been getting a lot of attention in the office this week

http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/home-news/police-warn-of-illegal-searches-in-bid-to-meet-new-targets.23075910

In general it has been about the ongoing debate around 'stop search' and what is and isn't correct. The stand out part for me was this

In the first six months of Police Scotland, officers conducted a record 310,784 stop-searches and recorded a 20% increase in motoring offences.

A 20% increase in any type of offence would usually result in outcry but this seems to be something the force are proud of.

A rather costly side effect could be the hit Scottish motorists take in the pocket when they go to renew their insurance. Insurance companies calculate a lot of their quotes based on the level of crime in an area and in particular motoring offences. To them it will look like Scotland is over run with unsafe, irresponsible drivers and they will understandably look to mitigate their risk through increasing premiums.

Any other thoughts on this? Are motorists being unfairly hounded?

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This story has been getting a lot of attention in the office this week

http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/home-news/police-warn-of-illegal-searches-in-bid-to-meet-new-targets.23075910

In general it has been about the ongoing debate around 'stop search' and what is and isn't correct. The stand out part for me was this

A 20% increase in any type of offence would usually result in outcry but this seems to be something the force are proud of.

A rather costly side effect could be the hit Scottish motorists take in the pocket when they go to renew their insurance. Insurance companies calculate a lot of their quotes based on the level of crime in an area and in particular motoring offences. To them it will look like Scotland is over run with unsafe, irresponsible drivers and they will understandably look to mitigate their risk through increasing premiums.

Any other thoughts on this? Are motorists being unfairly hounded?

Nope, not at all, on scotlands road, the speeds that lots of people drive is horrendus. much worse than england.

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Cant catch them if they arent doing anything wrong.

Its absolutely not unfair to catch people breaking the law.

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Nope, not at all, on scotlands road, the speeds that lots of people drive is horrendus. much worse than england.

Not sure if that's the case but in any event this doesn't refer just to speeders

Cant catch them if they arent doing anything wrong.

Its absolutely not unfair to catch people breaking the law.

I can see your point but I think in general the police take a harder line with motorists for what are often minor offences. 20% is a massive increase over 6 months and would be seen as unacceptable for any other type of offence (assault, theft, drug offences etc.).

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Nope, not at all, on scotlands road, the speeds that lots of people drive is horrendus. much worse than england.

Bit of a sweeping statement!

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