A threat of a summons for speeding from the West Mercia Police !!!
I couldn't believe it - my alleged crime was to drive at 35 mph in a 30 mph area. OK, I've done the crime so I must do the time but folks, I was 600 yards from home, I was on my way to the vet, and I can't get out of 3rd gear in my car until I'm well over 30 mph, so I'm not a happy Granny right now. I mean haven't the boys in blue got anything better to do than to summons a pensioner only slightly over the limit ?
Anyway, the paperwork that came with the summons was as clear as mud, so I went to the local Police Station to get it explained, and to find out which forms I had to return, and it transpires that I haven't actually committed a hanging offence, just a 'slight' offence, which means I have a choice of how to proceed.
I can pay £100 + 3points on my licence + my insurance premium will be affected OR I can 'choose' to go on a Safety Awareness Course, I was offered this with the same enthusiasm as I would be told I'd won the lottery ! this cost £85, I wouldn't have to produce my licence and my insurance would not be affected. Now it seems an obvious choice, a 'no-brainer' as the PC in the station told me BUT included in the course (which lasts 5 hours by the way - what on earth can they talk about in 5 hours ? a driving test only lasts one hour !) is 'in car' training - ABSOLUTELY NO WAY ! and the reason is that my town has recently undergone major re-modelling including all the roads and have introduced major intersections and even the taxi drivers and bus drivers can't figure out which lanes they are supposed to be in so what chance would I have ? at the moment I drive almost a mile out of my way to avoid this new layout, so I would go completely to pieces if someone was with me and I was directed to one of these new island layouts.
I am, therefore, going to take the hit folks, I will send a cheque tomorrow with my licence and will just have to accept the points and deal with the increased insurance payments.
I will have to pull out all the frugality I have now to pay this fine, so please send donations together with files in cakes as soon as possible.