During a perfectly safe overtaking manoeuvre on an otherwise empty dual lane stretch of the A361 Link Rd, I’m clocked doing 73 in a 60 by a concealed radar gun. The road is clear and the weather fine. No harm or inconvenience is done. In Court I’m not allowed to read out my challenge to a system which values numbers over context, and criminalises the innocent. My free speech is denied. Guilt and “criminal intent” are assumed. The use of commonsense is outlawed. I get a £100 fine, three points, and an order to pay half the Prosecution’s costs of £700 and a victim surcharge of £32 – although I’m the victim here, of intransigence and stupidity. Did the exeperience instil in me a greater respect for statutory traffic law? No, I despise it with renewed passion, and feel I’ve been mugged. MPs – whose dereliction of duty towards individual liberty and the democratic process allowed this extortion racket to come into being – should hang their heads, or preferably own up, make restitution to countless victims, and reform the grotesque system.