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    Angry Well, wish me luck.....

    Some of you may remember back in July, I pranged one of the works cars on my way to a 999 call. To be fair, it messed the car up a bit, but in a nutshell, all I did was hit the kerb.

    I'm in court tomorrow for it

    To answer a charge of driving without due care and attention. Maximum penalty is 9 points and a mahoosive fine. Seeing as I collected 3 points a year ago courtesy of a GATSO, theoretically I could lose my license over this. Oh, and my job.

    Hey ho....


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    What do ya do Paul? I'm guessing a paramedic.... and as for getting done during a 999 call thats a disgrace. Good luck or dare I say Break a leg!

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    Fingers well and truely crossed for you tomorrow parapaul.

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    as above Paul, hope they don't throw the book at you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brocks View Post
    What do ya do Paul? I'm guessing a paramedic....
    Yep. And if I get penalised tomorrow, I'll be a very slow paramedic for the next 3 years till the points come off. I've already warned work that I won't be exceeding the speed limit again if this is what happens.

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    What'd happen then...You'd become a technician till ya get ya licence back?

    I bet if a copper or a judge was in need of your services then this would've been a different tune!

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    Good Luck Paul.

    If you lost your licence, I think that would be a disgrace...

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    Jeez!! Basically all you did was hit the kerb on a 999 call and damage the paramedic car - didn't hit any other vehicles/people or major street furniture?- and they're hauling you to court for a driving without due care and attention charge? That's disgraceful!!

    Why did the CPS see fit to let that happen? Couldn't they have dealt with it with a fixed penalty/3 points at the worst - or did they and you're fighting it in court? Can't believe they couldn't have left it to be dealt with internally by your employers!!

    Doesn't it cross their minds (CPS) that things like this happen when emergency services are reacting to 999 calls? What do they expect you to do? - drive along like Miss Daisy? No, you can't do that as you'd fail to met the response time targets that have been set for you all these days!!! I bet you if they were in dire need of an ambulance and you didn't get there quick enough, they'd soon kick up a fuss.

    Grrr - makes me soooo angry!!

    Hope the court realises the stupidity of the case ever coming to them and it all works out okay for you.

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    I don't know all the facts but prima facie (...is that right?)I think that for this to have gone so far is a disgrace.

    To make it worse, a friend of mine is a DENTIST and successfully pleaded against a ban on 12 points due to the "nature of her job" needing a licence (only drives to and from the practice but pleaded home visits). If you are banned then there is just no justice in this world at all.

    Best of luck

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    Good luck Paul, As all above it`s a disgrace. I read about a hospital with a speed camera outside it, all the ambulance drivers had to fill a report out if they went through it so it was easier for them to slow down for it , a rediculous position you guys are put in ....


    All the best ...

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