Thursday 1 February 2024

Well Played, Well Played Indeed...

Blade runner ULEZ vandals have used a sticker of London Mayor Sadiq Khan's face to block the hated cameras.

Heh! The police are not amused. And are so desperate to stop support for this, they have resorted to lying. Badly. 

Which, let's face it, is how they do everything these days.  

Chief Inspector Priya Shome, based in Bromley, said: "We are investigating the criminal damage to five sets of traffic lights in the Orpington area overnight which has caused major traffic management issues.

Boo hoo! So do Palestinian terrorism support protests, but I bet you never complain about those, eh? 

"Two police units, who should have been available to answer 999 calls, were instead required to spend the morning managing traffic.

Sure, of course they'd be answering 999 calls instead of monitoring Facebook for hurty words, Priya... 

Can you work in a 'For the cheeeeldreen!' angle? You can? Good girl!

"The people who are carrying out this criminal damage are putting the public at risk.
"There has been a collision between two cars on Court Road, at the location of one of the damaged traffic lights, in which a child was injured.
"I would urge the people carrying out these crimes to stop immediately and think about the danger they are causing to road users."

But in a rare case of a British journalist not simply repeating the police boilerplate and calling it 'job done', it seems the anti-ULEZ group aren't the culprits Priya would have us believe.

The junction seems to have been a big problem area over the years, and one man who lives directly opposite the crash noted he has seen multiple accidents in the area.
He said: “I have lived here for three years, and this is the seventh serious crash I have seen happen.
“It is because of the traffic lights people get so confused on this road about who has the right of way.”

If traffic lights 'confuse people about who has the right of way', maybe Priya's officers should be there every day checking driving licenses...  


Anonymous said...

I'm wondering if the traffic light junction is badly designed? We have a few around our way that can be confusing, including ones that show a red light and a green arrow at the same time. We also have a railway crossing that is next to a junction where the lights are not visible if you are approaching from the side road. Of course blocking the ULEZ cameras has no implications for safety at all.

Doonhamer said...

Somebody defacing a road sign?
Maybe it woz Banksi wot done it.
In which case nae bother. On ye go Banksi.

JuliaM said...

"I'm wondering if the traffic light junction is badly designed? "

It's possible, but then again, driving standards have been going steadily downhill in the last 20 years.

"Somebody defacing a road sign?
Maybe it woz Banksi wot done it."