Nottingham Police and crime commissioner, Caroline Henry, has received a 6-month ban and a £2450 fine after breaking the limit five times in 12 weeks.
Serves her right, you might think. After all, she had pledged to crack down on speeding.
Did she hit or hurt anyone? No. Did she cause danger or damage? No. She was driving sensibly for the conditions. All she did was breach arbitrary, artificial limits that have no relevance whatsoever to context and circumstance.
The law in this field, and traffic regulation in general, prohibits the exercise of intelligent discretion. Coercive control is illegal in the domestic sphere but rampant in the public.