Crush first, ask questions later


Earlier this week The Sun reported the tragic tale of Angry Derek Lyon whose treasured Honda Civic was crushed in a case of mistaken identity.

ADL intends to sue police after he was mistaken for a banned drink-driver, arrested, held in a police cell for four hours, and subsequently told his car had been crushed when he could not afford to pay for its release.

ADL, who lost his job and contact with his children as a result of having no car, told Sun reporters: “It doesn’t sound much, but the car was mine, I owned it for three years and now I’m left with nothing.”

The incident occurred in July and it was not until this week that Dundee Sheriff Court accepted his plea of not guilty to driving while disqualified and without insurance and the authorities agreed that he had been confused with an Aberdeen driver of the same name.

Sadly, drink driving seems increasingly prevalent these days to the extent that one law firm now brazenly advertises its predilection for this vile vice and offers assistance to fellow law-breakers. The following advertisement appeared alongside the Angry Derek Lyon story in the Sun’s digital edition (see item 2):


The RAC’s 2009 Report on Motoring published this week reveals disturbing evidence of drug-crazed driving on the roads of Britain.

One in four young drivers, it reports, have been in a car when the driver “appeared to be high on drugs” (although it’s a safe bet they probably didn’t use precisely that phrase).

Not content with driving under the influence of top gear, 25% of 17 to 24-year-olds are also busy texting at the wheel‚ potentially, statistics suggested – more dangerous than driving drunk or stoned.

The good news is that young drivers are less likely to drive drunk. With only 24% of young people admitting to driving while potentially over the limit, compared to 32% of the 45-64 age group.

Commenting on concerns over bibulous older drivers, The Glasgow Herald has an intriguing headline on its website: Older Drivers Flaunt Drink Laws.

This brings to mind visions of lairy senior citizens hanging out of speeding cars provocatively waving copies of booze-related legislation.

Bankstone News was unable to verify the details, however, as the paper’s website was down this morning ‚ probably after a riotous office party the night before.

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