Police find Duke’s a hazard

Police find Duke’s a hazard

Police find Duke’s a hazard

First published in Opinion

AS a PR own goal it was a classic, a bit like the car. When a Dorset police officer decided to book a Wimborne driver for having an ‘illegal’ air horn, he obviously had no idea of the publicity that would rain down on the force.

Wayne Duke was taking a couple to their wedding reception in his 1969 Dodge Charger, similar to the one in the series, The Dukes of Hazzard. After issuing a ticket, the police have ripped it up, citing ‘bad press’ as one of the reasons.

The moral of the story? Just like Boss Hogg, don’t mess with any of the Duke Boys. Not unless you’ve read the Road Traffic Act properly.

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12:14pm Tue 5 Aug 14

speedy231278 says...

Surely 'bad press' is not a valid reason to drop a court case, and if it is, what next? Everyone bad-mouth the Police over their latest conviction and hope they'll drop it because they don't want to be called names?

The simple fact of the matter is that the person who issued against the owner of the vehicle was WRONG, and the case would have been thrown out. It is worrying that (presumably) a traffic officer does not know the regulations for the vehicles that he is supposed to be policing. I presume he will now be driving a desk for the forseeable future until he has actually learned said regulations better?

What concerns me is how many people have been issued on the spot fines rather than court proceedings for various offences that they have been deemed to have made, and have just paid up to avoid any further issue....
Surely 'bad press' is not a valid reason to drop a court case, and if it is, what next? Everyone bad-mouth the Police over their latest conviction and hope they'll drop it because they don't want to be called names? The simple fact of the matter is that the person who issued against the owner of the vehicle was WRONG, and the case would have been thrown out. It is worrying that (presumably) a traffic officer does not know the regulations for the vehicles that he is supposed to be policing. I presume he will now be driving a desk for the forseeable future until he has actually learned said regulations better? What concerns me is how many people have been issued on the spot fines rather than court proceedings for various offences that they have been deemed to have made, and have just paid up to avoid any further issue.... speedy231278
  • Score: 1

6:04pm Tue 5 Aug 14

Tripod says...

Using a multi-tone (car) horn is illegal, blowing a (car) horn without good reason is illegal, in this particular case the Police have decided not to press charges (probably consider a verbal warning sufficient), does this make the Police wrong?
Using a multi-tone (car) horn is illegal, blowing a (car) horn without good reason is illegal, in this particular case the Police have decided not to press charges (probably consider a verbal warning sufficient), does this make the Police wrong? Tripod
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3:11am Wed 6 Aug 14

billd766 says...

It would have been a non event if th policemen had used common sense and just told the guy quietly not to do it and left it there. Unfortunately they decided that they knew better and gave him a ticket but they did not think or know that the vehicle was legal as it was manufactured before it became illegal. The two policemen are now suffering the consequences of their wrong heavy handed action and the Dorset police are suffering the embarassment also.
It was also a 5 tone horn and not a 2 tone horn.
It would have been a non event if th policemen had used common sense and just told the guy quietly not to do it and left it there. Unfortunately they decided that they knew better and gave him a ticket but they did not think or know that the vehicle was legal as it was manufactured before it became illegal. The two policemen are now suffering the consequences of their wrong heavy handed action and the Dorset police are suffering the embarassment also. It was also a 5 tone horn and not a 2 tone horn. billd766
  • Score: 0

7:11am Wed 6 Aug 14

oversee says...

Cabbages in uniform.
Cabbages in uniform. oversee
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