Chief Constable Anthony Bangham of West Mercia Police, national head of roads policing, proposes penalising drivers for exceeding the speed limit by 1mph. “We are proud to be law enforcers,” he says. He seems to embody the dangerous banality of roads policy. Instead of teaching people to drive by context, the system teaches us to drive by numbers. If you’re doing 20 or 30 in a built-up area, you can hit a child with impunity. But on the open road, if you choose your own speed and cause no danger, you’re guilty, even though you’re innocent. If the law is an ass, nowhere is it more asinine than on the roads. As regards roads policy, the authorities are stuck in the dark ages. Today’s story. Earlier Telegraph report, which I missed at the time.