The GF's son (19) rode his bike home from a mate's house on Saturday night. Just a short 300yd trip long a rural A-road. It's a 40 zone. It was 11pm. Light traffic and no pedestrians.
He was riding on the pavement and had no lights (he had also been drinking but was by no means pished).
A passing angry traffic cop (blues and twos) flagged him down and berated him. He was given a fixed-penalty notice of £50 — and a Caution — for not having lights on his bike. No mention of riding on the pavement.
Luckliy, he was not breathalysed, and yes, he should know better... but isn't that a little harsh? A little over-zealous, maybe? Don't the Rozzers (for whom I have enormous respect, he added hastily) have bigger fish to fry on a Saturday night near Gloucester?