While Johnston Press’s campaign against killer drivers is most welcome (Advertiser, November 24), doesn’t part of the solution lie in earlier and effective intervention?
Somehow, the boorish minority of drivers are allowed to get away with portraying themselves as victims and continue to get kid-glove treatment both by the courts and in the press.
Would sales be so badly affected if, in pictures, you stopped coyly pixellating the registration numbers of the yobbish few?
Why, in court reports, are the speed merchants and those who drive with a mobile phone clamped to one ear, treated as being no more dangerous than someone who hasn’t bought a TV licence?
Unless and until they kill or maim, courts seem to recognise no real difference between drivers in genuine ‘accidents’ and those who exhibit wanton disregard for the rules of the road and thus, contempt for everyone on it.
Does Parliament’s historic and ongoing reluctance to act perhaps arise from a fear of being hoisted by their own petard?
It would be interesting to know the number of MPs and wives who have been convicted - or slithered through some loophole - following boorish behaviour on the roads.