During my visit to St Annes recently I was staying with two friends and was told by Jen about this incident. What is written below is Jens account of what happened and a copy of the letter Jen received from a Company known as Humberside Police. You will see in the 4th paragraph down that Humberside Police openly admit that the imposition of a fine or penalty points will not do anything to correct poor driving habits.
My question to them is simple; if this is the case why do the courts continually issue fines and penalty points against people, if as you have stated, it will not do anything to correct their poor driving habits – can anyone have this choice, or is it only for ‘particular PERSONS’ with particular parents?
Understanding why the Companies called Magistrate Courts do issue fines and penalty points is something I will be covering very soon.
The accident referred to in the attached letter was caused by an 18 year old boy who lost control of his car after coming round a roundabout on a road with a 60mph limit. He veered across the road and hit my car on the driver’s wing, rebounded back to the other side of the road and stopped about 50 yards away with the front end of his car facing out to the road. My car remained on the left hand side of the road and was stopped neatly by the roadside.
I had been travelling at between 40-50mph, having slowed down to look at a road sign, as I was unfamiliar with the area. Visibility was good, although dusk was falling, and the road was wet following some light rain, which had stopped.
The driver of the other vehicle came over to my car and admitted he had lost control and asked whether I was okay. Among the people who assisted at the scene of the accident was a man with a woman in a nurse’s uniform, both of whom asked if I was alright.
An ambulance and a police car arrived and I was subsequently advised by one of the policeman attending the accident that the man and nurse were the driver’s parents and that the boy’s father was a policeman. It seems that the boy lived nearby and had been driving home from work, and had called his parents from his mobile phone after the accident.
I was taken to hospital by ambulance and before I had been seen by a doctor the two policemen who had attended the scene of the accident came to take a statement from me. They explained that if I had not been injured seriously i.e. no broken bones, the driver of the other vehicle would be fined and given points on his licence. If I was injured seriously then it may be an option that the driver would be sent on a driver improvement course instead. I was then asked if I had any preference as to the course of action. At that time, suffering from shock, not knowing what my injuries were and uncertain as to what was happening, I replied that a driver improvement course would make more sense, as the driver of the other car did not appear to have the experience to control his vehicle.
The policemen left, but one of them returned at about 1.00 am to confirm what injuries I had received. An x-ray had confirmed I had a broken ankle bone in my right foot, probably the result of trying to brake so hard to avoid the oncoming vehicle. Subsequent attendance at my own local hospital resulted in confirmation that I had also cracked my sternum and broken another small bone in my right foot.