Police forces around the country are to issue 'spot fines' for pedestrians who don't complete their journey. Police have warned the general public that if they intend to go somewhere then they must fully complete their journey and arrive at the destination they mentally agreed to before they left the house.
A zero tolerance policy will be adopted and anyone caught not going to where they originally intended will be automatically fined £119.99. Police officers have been trained to spot people who 'wilfully change direction or who stop, pretend they've forgotten something by mumbling and making gestures and then turn around and go back from whence they came'.
Many people will be caught out in the first few months and so far the public reaction has been mixed.
"I like it," said Tracey Johnson. "I'm always changing direction and getting side-tracked when I'm out about but with the threat of fine, I'm sure I'll go to straight to where I wanted to go in the first place. That's got to be a good thing."
Geoff Bristles offered a different view: "What happens if you think you left the iron on or you don't remember if you closed the front door properly? You are going to turn back and check aren't you? Sometimes you go back more than once. You try telling the voice inside your head that it's closed and nothing has been left on. The mental torment of being burgled or getting a fine will be unbearable. Actually, I'll have to go now because I can't recall if I left the cooker on and whether I removed the pan of fat off it. Bloody hell! My house could be burning down right now!"
The Police want to reassure people, well mainly the white middle classes, that they've nothing to worry about. It's a case of making money now that speed traps are being fazed out.
Government ministers want to see how it goes before deciding what to do. Should they change their minds and go off in a different direction then they could end up being fined themselves.