Does the punishment fit the crime?
The UK town of Northampton is seriously cracking down on supercars and the people who drive them crazily in public. The city's police force made news recently when it hauled away a Ferrari F12 to an impound lot because its owner was doing what British supercars are known for: being loud and obnoxious in public. Now the police force has announced that Shaun Davis, 42, has been sentenced to 28 in months in jail for reckless driving. Davis was arrested for an unrelated crime when police found videos on his phone of him speeding.
Okay, "speeding" is an understatement when you're doing 192 mph. The police made a supercut of the videos, which show Davis filming his speedometer. The only car shown is a Nissan GT-R but he is known to have also owned BMWs and Audis.
Davis denied all the charges but the evidence was pretty damning, even with the fuzziness of the videos. Jordan Davis, his 23-year-old daughter, is the woman in the video. She was found guilty of inciting or encouraging an offence of dangerous driving. She avoided jail time but got a two year "driving disqualification" and 18 months conditional discharge. In American English that sounds like a suspended license and probation. So, is this penalty too harsh? Speeding like hell and using your phone are dangerous, after all. Still, an American reportedly hit 215 mph in his Nissan GT-R and only received a very expensive speeding ticket. Davis might want to consider moving to Kansas when he's released.