With local law and order – an oxymoron - such an emotional local issue I really would like to know why police resources might be applied to mid-morning speed-trapping drivers on the Canterbury road, towards Birchington, two hundred yards after the dual carriage-way drops from a 40mph to a 30mph past King Ethelbert’s School and in the school holidays?
This strikes me as nothing less than cynical revenue gathering loosely wrapped around a road-safety scheme, when other roads, such a Westgate Bay Ave are far more of a dangerous racetrack at any time of the day, as motorists attempt to bypass the Canterbury road traffic.
As I wrote a week or so ago, I’m certain that our police officers would be more usefully employed in a visible patrol of our streets, building community confidence in their presence, rather than hiding in the back of unmarked white vans or behind the shrubbery on the Canterbury road, waiting for a relatively easy radar catch.
One retired local police officer commented last week that members of the public increasingly see the police as tax gatherers and paper-shufflers that exist for the benefit of the insurance companies who require a crime number to support any claim. “The job isn’t what it used to be”, he told me, “I’m glad I’m not in it anymore.”