The Daily Mail is reporting that police in Sussex are asking motorists to spy on each other and submit instances of poor driving and anybody making “excessive noise” with their car. The information is being logged on a “huge computer database” and then the offenders are contacted by letter or even a knock on the door from the police. The accused driver is not informed as to who is responsible for the complaint.
According to the Daily Mail:
Critics have likened the scheme to the East German Stasi – which encouraged residents to inform upon one another. If successful, the so-called Operation Crackdown is likely to be rolled out nationwide.
Dylan Sharpe, campaign director of Big Brother Watch, who uncovered the scheme, said the ‘whole process is based on unfounded accusations by untrained and possibly prejudiced members of the public. He added: ‘This scheme is wide-open to abuse; ranging from people with minor grudges against neighbours to busybody drivers who think they know what constitutes bad driving.
Source: Daily Mail