Actually I think it depends what state you are in what the police will do.
I had somebody throw rocks at me while jogging. I reported their numberplate but there was no way to prove it as I didnt photograph them or anything. The police contacted the owner of the car and had a chat to them. I think this is a good idea as they arent being charged as such but they know that they cant get away with that behaviour either - if there are more reports from other people then obviously the person will be followed up. But also if the police only talk to them they get to say their side if, for example I had the number plate wrong.
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22-09-2012 18:10 #11
22-09-2012 18:18 #12
Dp once witnessed a mother put a 2/3 year old child in the car, no seat, not even buckled using a car seatbelt- just here, stand in the back and drove away.
He went to the police station to make a report and was basically laughed at by the officer (I guess this officer is not known for his people skills- I don't believe other officers would have laughed at him) and told there was nothing they could do.
SO I guess all we can do is try to do the right thing in the hopes that it might make the douche bags who put other peoples lives in danger think twice.. sometimes it will be successful, other times it won't. But at least we try.
22-09-2012 18:24 #13
I get what every one is saying. I think the OP was hoping that the owners of the car would get a knock on the door and a stern talking to at the very least. Of course I would also assume unless caught in the act by police that any one reporting would have to stand up in court but it would be nice to know they got a warning.
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22-09-2012 19:18 #14I made a complaint (wouldnt normally do) about a man smoking in the car with a child. I got this email as a reply.
Thank you for your email dated 31/8/2012 about the male person smoking in his car with children present.
The only way this matter can be enforced is if
you are prepared to go to court and give evidence against the person in
question, for this to occur I will need a statement from you first and then the
matter would be investigated and if police believe there is evidence to sustain
a charge then the person would be charged.
If you would like to provide a
statement please let me know and I will arrange an appointment.
like seriously? I would have to go to court and make an offical statement for this to be taken further!? How pathetic.
What evedence could I give? Wouldnt it all be just he said, she said type thing?
They can't just convict or even spend hours hunting out some random in the hopes they catch them out in the act of smoking in the car (a massive time and money wasting exercise...) because you dobbed. It would be pretty dangerous if someone's word is all it took.
I'm just a bit gobsmacked that you'd rather them do nothing than dare suggest you give testimony in court.
It makes me wonder if you reported just because you wanted to give yourself a pat on the back... not to actually stop it from happening again.
22-09-2012 19:22 #15-
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But your right, next time i will do nothing in case someone dare think I did it to be congratulated. pffft
22-09-2012 20:23 #16
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22-09-2012 20:44 #17
The thing is though, the police are under enough strain as it is. Hunting down some random who someone else said did something wrong (which would only be a very minor crime anyway) to tsk-tsk them is a waste of time and money.
I just don't understand... surely if you felt it was so wrong as to report it to the police, you'd also think it was wrong enough to give witness testimony in court about.
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22-09-2012 21:07 #18
I agree with sassymummy.
Whats the problem exactly?
Of course the police will ask you to testify or at least write a statement.
Its wrong you witnessed it so go to court.
The police did the right thing they responded to your complaint.
22-09-2012 21:30 #19
We pay rates/taxes etc and are constantly bombarded by media telling us that we should call police if we should witness crimes etc.. If I were in OP situation I would probably do the same thing and I would expect them to knock on the door with a warning. AT THE VERY LEAST. If I didn't want to take it further I would hope the stern talking to would be enough to put then of doing it again. There are people out there who don't own TVs these days. Strange I know. So maybe the owner of the car honestly did not know and was totally ignorant, who knows. but as tax payers and rate payers I would hope there were enough resources to act on these things in this way. God knows there is enough revenue raising as it is. I think it is unfair to blame OP for calling up as a concerned citizen and hoping something might be done without having to stand up in court and point the finger and hope like heck there isn't any retaliation afterwards. So many things go unreported because of this.
24-09-2012 16:36 #20Senior Member
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I'm kind of with the others. I'm not sure how you expected a "stern talking to" would have changed anything.
Would you appreciate a knock on the door from police, there to give you a stern talking to, over something someone just phoned in that they witnessed? all they'd need to do is tell the police officer that it wasn't them, and someone else was driving their car that day, then what?
The alternative is for breaking the law to go to court. The police can't charge and take someone to court based on you reporting it and that be it. The police informed you of what you would need to do for them to take it any further. You would be surprised at how many phone calls/emails they'd get like the one you sent, just to get someone in trouble if they've ****ed them off.
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