Joined: Jul 21, 2004 Posts: 2647 Location: Chelmsford, UK
Posted: Sat Dec 08, 2012 11:36 am Post subject: Speeding Motorist Charged £3,700 for Dodging Ticket
54-year old motorist Helen Taylor has been ordered to pay £3,700 after trying to avoid a legitimate speeding fine by claiming she was on holiday at the time of the incident.
Taylor, who triggered a speed camera on the A127, Essex last April, appeared at Southend Crown Court where she pleaded guilty to trying to pervert the course of justice by falsely claiming she was abroad at the time of the offence.
Taylor even went as far as to forge documents to try and prove her claim, with PC Rob Bettell explaining that this is just one example of "the lengths to which some people will go to avoid a speeding fine and driving licence endorsement".
He went on to state that the case should act as a "clear warning" to motorists who might be tempted to try and escape speeding fines.
"We are not prepared to tolerate such behaviour and will always be rigorous in investigating matters", he explained.
For her crimes, Helen Taylor has been sentenced to a six-month custodial sentence, suspended for two years, for perverting the course of justice. In response to the original speeding offence, she has received 6 points on her licence and been issued with a £700 fine.
This is in addition to a £3,000 charge for court costs, putting her total bill at £3,700.
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But ohh my goodness how much effort and time would have gone into this case.
Meanwhile 4 accidents about 2 weeks ago caused by too close driving (to stop vehicles changing lanes solely to get one space ahead). Mon to Thur each morning was an accident on the M8 near Glasgow airport.
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Posted: Sun Dec 09, 2012 1:23 am Post subject:
Got what she deserved.
She went from committing a straight forward speeding offence, to a pre meditated fraud and attempting to pervert the course of justice.
The only person guilty of wasting police and court time, extra expense and misuse of resources was that woman.
Thinking about it, if it was down to me I would have doubled the penalty.
She knew very well what she was doing and quite likely had the support of others to see it through.
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I can't understand why she didn't just accept the 3 points and fine in the first place. She may have been offered a speed awareness course.
She obviousley wouldn't have been banned after totting up otherwise the 6 points she has now got would have also resulted in a ban.
Unless her job would have been at risk if she did get a SP30 but according to the local paper in Coventry (where she's from) she's an engineer.
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