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Police officer sacked for failing to check speed camera equipment

August 7th, 2014 by Marcus

A police officer has been sacked for incorrectly using speed camera equipment – meaning hundreds of motorists in Teeside may have been mistakenly charged with speeding offences.

The police constable was dismissed from the force for wrongly calibrating equipment.

A spokeswoman for Cleveland Police confirmed the officer was found to have ‘breached the standards of professional behaviour expected of him.’

The spokeswoman said: ‘He had failed in his duty by not calibrating equipment as required, he had been dishonest with regards to claims he had calibrated the equipment and overall his actions had brought discredit on Cleveland Police and the police service as a whole.

‘Following a thorough investigation into processing evidence of alleged speeding offences, which was overseen by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC), the officers were cleared of any offences and no formal disciplinary action was required.’

With more and more officers making similar mistakes, it is incredibly important to check the accuracy of the devices used.  If you have been caught speeding and suspect mistakes have been made, please contact our office for free initial advice.

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East Sussex workmen to wear headcams to catch anti-social driving at roadworks

August 6th, 2013 by Marcus

Workmen at roadworks are to be given helmets fitted with cameras in an attempt to prevent motoring offences such as speeding, driving while using a mobile phone and dangerous driving.

Any evidence collected will then be passed onto Sussex Police who will then make the decision to take offenders to court.

East Sussex County Council highway chiefs decided on the action in an attempt to keep workers safe.

The authority will display signs warning motorists that inconsiderate drivers could be reported to the police for prosecution.

Councillor Carl Maynard, county council lead member for transport and environment, said: “Our highway crews work in all weathers to keep county’s roads in a good state of repair and they are entitled to expect drivers to be mindful of their safety.

We hope the warning signs and the realisation that bad driving could be captured on camera and details passed to the police, will encourage the inconsiderate few to moderate their driving.”

It is unclear how many of the cameras will be provided and how much they cost.

The scheme will be part of the Operation Crackdown initiative which enables members of the public to report crimes by submitting mobile phone photographs and footage.

Currently, more than 1,000 reports are received every month.

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North Wales speed cameras targeted in series of arson attacks

July 18th, 2013 by Marcus

An investigation has been launched following a series of arson attacks on North Wales speed cameras.

The first camera was targeted shortly before 6.30am on Tuesday in Pentre, near Deeside.

Yesterday another two were set alight half-an-hour apart.

Just before midnight n the A5119 near Mold, a car tyre was place on top of the Gatso camera to assist the blaze.

At 12.30pm a similar device on Chester Road, Sandycroft was also set alight after rubbish was placed around it.

North Wales Police are treating the incidents as linked and are currently working with the fire service and the arson reduction team.

Insp Ceri Hawe said: “The cameras are there to ensure the safety of motorists, cyclists and pedestrians and deliberate attempts to damage them will not be tolerated”


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Less than one per cent of police officers caught speeding or going through red lights are prosecuted

July 16th, 2013 by Marcus

It has been revealed only a handful of police officers caught speeding or going through red lights are prosecuted.

Figures released under the Freedom of Information Act showed that 75,434 officers were caught speeding in the past two years. Unsurprisingly just 753 were ever prosecuted.

It has led to accusations that police officers are routinely ‘let off’ without proper checks while ordinary motorists automatically face three penalty points and a £60 fine or perhaps worse.


Road safety charities have said the high number of fines cancelled was ‘worrying’, showing concerns senior police officers are not carrying out proper checks before letting police off.

Julie Townsend, deputy chief executive of Brake, said: ‘These figures paint a worrying picture. We recognise that in emergency situations, especially where lives are at stake, police need to be able to respond rapidly, but this must be weighed up against the danger posed to the public.

Overall, police have been caught by speed cameras nationwide 75,434 times in the last two-and-a-half years with only 753 prosecuted. However, the figures are likely to be far higher as just 19 out of the 45 police forces provided a full response to the request.

A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police force said that officers had to justify their speeding before tickets are cancelled.

‘All officers are required to adhere to the policy for driving standards.  If a notice of intended prosecution is issued to the driver of a police vehicle the officer is then required to justify the use of the police exemptions used,’ he said.

‘A supervisor of at least Superintendant rank will quality assure the matter and either support the officer or not.  If the matter is not supported the driver is then required to deal with the NIP as a member of the public.’

What are your thoughts?

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Minor traffic offences to be heard by new courts in England and Wales

May 31st, 2013 by Marcus

Dedicated traffic courts are to be set up in England and Wales to prosecute minor motoring offences following a pilot scheme in nine areas.

The move comes as part of a drive to cut delays in the criminal justice system and free up overcrowded magistrates’ courts to deal with more serious cases.

Ministers say such cases ‘clog’ up the courts, which should be dealing with more serious offences.

Dedicated traffic courts have been piloted in Essex, Hampshire, Kent, Lincolnshire, Metropolitan Police, Nottinghamshire, Norfolk, Suffolk and West Yorkshire.

Police have said they had successfully ‘simplified’ the legal process by doing so.

The current plan is to open a traffic court in every police area by April 2014 and to use specialist prosecutors to deal with up to 160 cases a day.

Cases that could be heard at the dedicated courts include speeding, traffic light offences and those relating to insurance and driving licences.

The new courts will only have jurisdiction in the 90% cases where motorists admit their guilt.  If they contest the offence, it will be dealt with by magistrate courts as at present.

Justice Minister Damian Green said enforcing traffic laws was hugely important for road safety but the time it was taking to hear cases was ‘simply unacceptable.’

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M4 average speed cameras catch 1,200 ‘speeding’ motorists in less than two months

May 21st, 2013 by Marcus

The BBC found that more than 1,200 motorists were caught speeding in less than two months by average speed cameras on part of the M4.

The 50mph cameras were set up along road works between Swindon and Chippenham on 18 March 2013.

There were 261 offences recorded in March and 949 in April and the fastest speed recorded was 107mph.

Avon and Somerset Police said details of incoming revenue was not currently because enforcement had only been in place for a short time.

Inspector Steve Cox, head of road policing for Wiltshire Police, said: ‘Reduced speed limit zones on motorways are in place for a reason and to make that stretch of the motorway as safely as possible while essential maintenance work is undertaken.’

Between April and September 2012, 14,000 motorists were caught speeding on the M4 and M5 near Bristol.

The fastest speed recorded in 2012 was 137mph.

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West Midlands fixed speed cameras to be turned off

November 14th, 2012 by Marcus

Every speed and traffic light camera in the West Midlands will be switched next year as police and councils switch to using mobile vans to catch motorists.

Cameras will be switched off in April 2012 as part of a drastic cost-cutting programme that has seen over two thirds of 305 fixed camera sites made redundant.

A review will take place into the long-term future of cameras at accident black-spots, with council chiefs considering spending £489,000 to upgrade outdated wet film cameras to digital.

The upgrade will eventually fund the replacement of 71 cameras at the sites where accidents are more likely to occur, while 147 camera housing will be kept in place as a deterrent.

Over the past year, more than 37,000 motorists were caught speeding by camera vans in the West Midlands and Staffordshire areas. However, 65,133 drivers were caught across the entire network of fixed speed cameras.

Currently, only 73 of the 305 fixed speed cameras in the West Midlands are still in use.

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Merseyside biker caught after posting footage of himself speeding on YouTube

October 23rd, 2012 by Marcus

A motorcyclist who filmed himself clocking up speeds of over 120mph was caught by police after posting the footage on the internet.

Michael McIver was trying out a new portable video camera which was attached to his Suzuki motorcycle showing shots of the speedometer.

The videos were uploaded onto Youtube which showed him travelling along the A5, the A494 and the A5104 in North Wales.

Magistrates at Prestatyn hearing how McIver had been charged with dangerous driving after police discovered the video.

McIver was sentenced to a 12 month community order and was disqualified from driving for 15 months.

Read the full article here


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Masterchef star Gregg Wallace fined for speeding

October 23rd, 2012 by Marcus

The presenter of hit TV show Masterchef, Gregg Wallace has been prosecuted for driving at 82mph in a 50mph limit.

Wallace pleaded guilty to the offence after being caught on film by a camera van.

He was fined £1330, given six penalty points on his licence and ordered to pay £85 in court costs.

Read the full article here

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Frank Lampard speeding conviction

October 19th, 2012 by Marcus

Chelsea Football Club attacking midfielder Frank Lampard has been convicted of speeding.

The offence took place on the A3 Esher bypass connecting London to Peterborough.

Lampard was caught travelling at 83mph in a 50mph zone.

Staines Magistrates Court convicted Lampard of the offence and his licence was endorsed with 6 penalty points and an £850 fine.

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