Now that I am retired having been many years a magistrate with a long awareness of the declining freedoms enjoyed by the ordinary citizen and a corresponding fear of the big brother state`s ever increasing encroachment on civil liberties I hope that my personal observations within these general parameters will be of interest to those with an open mind. Having been blogging with this title for many years against the rules of the Ministry of Justice my new found freedom should allow me to be less inhibited in these observations.
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Monday, 26 October 2015
SNEEZING COULD BE A DEFENCE IF........
A phrase often used to describe an experience almost too rapid to register is "in the blink of an eye".
Fact: the duration of a blink is 0.1 to 0.4 seconds or 100 to 400 milliseconds.
Fact: it is impossible to sneeze without the eyes blinking.
Fact: at 60MPH a vehicle travels 88 feet per second.
Therefore a driver at that speed during a sneeze will travel a distance between 9 feet and 36 feet or over 8 metres with his/her eyes closed. All else being equal it would seem to me that such a defence if appropriate to a situation initiating the charge is almost irrefutable.Unfortunately for this man such facts were overwhelmed by other considerations.