"Coppers" is a documentary following police officers. Monday's episode follows that endangered species, traffic police, about their merry task. It's on 4OD if you missed it.
It starts off with a lot of laddish banter between the officers, but as the incidents get more serious you see the bitter human cost, and most of all, the injustice.
A woman who caused a horrific head-on collision resulting in life-threatening injuries is found guilty of reckless driving and receives 5 penalty points and a fine of £180.
One of the officers interviews a widower whose wife was killed in a crash on a straight road. "In my eyes, he murdered my wife, it's as simple as that...", the tearful man says. The officer comments "If I could change anything I would change the sentencing...for death by dangerous and death by due care because I don't think it's enough...people might think that speeding, driving while you're not paying attention, driving while you're on your mobile phone is a minor thing...but it's what kills people." The killer driver in this case was found guilty of death by careless driving and got 300 hours community service and a driving ban of 18 months.
Here's a thought. Under the Coalition's plans, the long-term unemployed will be doing 30 hours community service a week. So the "punishment" for being unemployed will be greater in many cases than the "punishment" for causing death by careless driving.