Although there are those who say that Laws must be observed and if broken one should accept the consequences, there is no doubt that the majority of the driving community is against the three-year licence endorsement for non-criminal offences and the totting up system whereby licences, and jobs, are lost. There is strong feeling that this should be changed to one-year endorsements, and totting up confined to those endorsements inflicted for serious, not just speeding, offences. We commend the action of the Scottish Sheriff who did not endorse the licence of a driver convicted of breaking a “fuel-saver” speed-limit.
As to persecution, Chemist & Druggist has drawn attention to the case of a pharmacist who, driving to obtain a drug urgently required by a customer, inadvertently went up a one-way road, in an area strange to him. The police stopped him. He explained his urgent mission. But they took ten minutes, putting down the details. He obtained the drug and returned. The patient died. Later Magistrates fined this driver £3, with £2 costs, for committing a traffic offence.