This idea about police cars not exceeding the speed limit except on emergency calls has got to be laid to rest.

I spent more than 20 years as a traffic patrol officer in the Metropolitan Police. There were countless occasions when I had to drive well in excess of speed limits.

If there were speed cameras in my day, I would have been "flashed" hundreds of times a week.

The idea that police officers should obey the speed limit except on emergency calls shows total ignorance of operational police duties. Senior officers should back their men and state that the police will not be prosecuted for exceeding limits when on duty in police vehicles.

If this does not happen then I advise policemen to forget what they are supposed to do and go and get an office job.

  • Don Williams, Milland Road, Hailsham