The Archers > criminal traffic control

In the domestic sphere (cf the odious Rob in The Archers), coercive control is a crime, with up to 5 years in gaol. In December 2015, Minister for Preventing Abuse and Exploitation, Karen Bradley, said, “Our coercive or controlling behaviour offence will protect victims from sustained patterns of abuse that can lead to control of their lives by the perpetrator.” A metaphor for traffic control? Punitive fines for straying into a bus lane (even to let a fire engine through), returning to your parked car a few minutes late, straying over the speed limit at any time of day or night regardless of context, being forced to stop at traffic lights when the road is deserted, one-way systems that make us go via XYZ to get from A to B – if this isn’t coercive control, what is it?

About Martin Cassini

Campaign founder and video producer, pursuing traffic system reform to make roads safe, civilised and efficient
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