A while ago we had the story of the two PCSOs' who allowed a man to drown because they hadn't had the "Necessary" training.
Now we have another entirely preventable death caused by blind obedience to "The Rules".
A drunk who was killed after stumbling along a motorway was seen by two police officers who decided not to stop and help him because of safety rules, an inquest heard today.
Now, when they first saw him:
"was walking down the embankment"
Surely they could have pulled over onto the hard shoulder and then bundled him into their Police vehicle? No, and it gets worse.
Instead, they radioed in to the control room at 00.19 and asked for a motorway patrol to be deployed to the spot near Aintree.
But 'crucially' the officer reporting Mr Fairbrother provided inaccurate information - saying he was near junction one.
The car hire worker was actually at the opposite end of the 14-mile M57, close to junction seven.
Bloody hell. They didn't know which end of the motorway they were on. IMHO that would be an open and shut case for careless driving.
The drunk was most certainly doomed it would seem.
To make matters worse, the control room operator rated the call as Grade 3, 'any other police response', then downgraded it to Grade 4, passing it to the Highways Agency.
Well I could go on but you can see my point. "Commonsense is now being overruled by " The Rules".
I give up.
Read the whole story in the Mail.