Speeding middle class drivers are antisocial: police

Lewis Smith
Monday 09 August 2010 00:00

Speeding was described by a chief constable last night as the middle class's version of antisocial behaviour with motorists convinced they should be "able to get away with it".

Julie Spence, the outgoing chief constable of Cambridgeshire police, said speeding was among the worst types of antisocial behaviour. Speeding has been identified as a factor in more than 4,000 deaths and serious injuries on the roads in 2009 and Mrs Spence said the refusal to follow speed restrictions was part of the failings of the "have-it-all" society.

"Speeding is middle-class antisocial behaviour," she told The Daily Telegraph. "They wouldn't tolerate lawbreaking by somebody else but they do it themselves without thinking.

"Driving without care or consideration for other road users is probably among the worst kind of antisocial behaviour in its truest sense, because serious offenders can, and do, kill."

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