Police chief slams speeding drivers

Motorists who criticise people who break the law but continue to exceed the speed limit have been slammed by a chief constable.

Dangerous driving is one of the "worst kinds of social behaviour", outgoing head of Cambridgeshire Police Julie Spence said.

In an interview with the Daily Telegraph, Mrs Spence also aired concern over government spending cuts, claiming they could lead to an "anorexic" service.

The top police officer spoke of fears that some forces would have to cut budgets by up to 25%.

"That scenario is 'undoable' - just not achievable if you want any semblance of a police service," she told the newspaper.

But it was errant motorists that were the main focus of her attack.

Not only could motorists endanger their lives with careless driving but they could see theircar insurance costs soar.

She told the paper that speeding was "middle-class anti-social behaviour".

"People think we should be able to get away with it. They wouldn't tolerate law-breaking by somebody else but they do it themselves without thinking," she said.

"It all seems OK until something tragic happens, like their child dies because of a road traffic accident."

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