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Police chief slams speeding drivers

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Drivers who condemn illegal actions but still break the speed limit have been criticised by a chief constable.

Careless driving is among "the worst kind of social behaviour", according to outgoing head of Cambridgeshire Police Julie Spence.

She also expressed concern over Government spending cuts, saying they could lead to an "anorexic" service.

In the interview with the Daily Telegraph, the top police officer spoke of fears that some forces would have to cut budgets by up to 25%.

"That scenario is 'undoable' - just not achievable if you want any semblance of a police service," she told the newspaper.

But it was errant motorists that were the main focus of her attack.

She told the paper that speeding was "middle-class anti-social behaviour".

"People think we should be able to get away with it. They wouldn't tolerate law-breaking by somebody else but they do it themselves without thinking," she said.

"It all seems OK until something tragic happens, like their child dies because of a road traffic accident."

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