I was watching one of those Police reality type programs last night which followed the Bedfordshire Traffic Police. One part of the program involved to WPC’s who decided to stop a green Vauxhall Astra because it had tinted windows. Once the car stopped the officer asked the young man who was driving to join them in the Police car, the officers then asked the man if he was the owner of the vehicle to which he replied “no” and stated that the car belonged to his mother who was sitting in the passenger seat, when questioned it also became apparent that the young man only possessed a provisional driving licence, the officers pointed out to him that as that was the case the car should be displaying L plates and that incurs a fine and 3 penalty points on his licence, the man protested stating that he didn’t know that you were supposed to display L plates, the man stated that as the car belonged to his mother that the police should be giving her the points and not him as she was the full licence holder and it was her responsibility!
One of the officers checked the tinted front side windows and found that they were only letting 9% of natural light through when the law states that they must allow 70% of natural light to pass through them, they then returned to questioning the young man and once his identity was ascertained they found that he already had nine penalty points on his provisional driving licence!
further inquiries also found out that he was in fact the owner of the vehicle and not his mother has he had originally protested, now i must point out that this man appeared to be of mixed race and I only make this point because the man’s next statement was that the Police had only pulled him over because he was Black and that they were only doing this to him because he was Black! Now as the vehicles windows were letting through less than 9% of natural light it was impossible for the two officers to see who was driving the car let alone what colour the driver was hence playing the race card did not wash with the two officers at all! It just amazes me how some people try to play the race card when they are in trouble even though it would seem that this particular young man was obviously a persistent offender of motoring offences.