Home PageFacebookRSS News Feed
PocketGPS
Web
Read the current newsletter! Weekly
Newsletter
SatNav,GPS,Navigation
MacFixer, the iPhone, iPod, and iPad specialists
Pocket GPS World - SatNavs | GPS | Speed Cameras: Forums

Pocket GPS World :: View topic - Mobile Speed Camera Loses Motoring Journalist His Job
 Forum FAQForum FAQ   SearchSearch   UsergroupsUsergroups   ProfileProfile   Log in for private messagesLog in for private messages   Log inLog in 

Mobile Speed Camera Loses Motoring Journalist His Job

 
Post new topic   Reply to topic    Pocket GPS World Forum Index -> News And Latest Information
View previous topic :: View next topic  
Author Message
RobBrady
Pocket GPS Staff
Pocket GPS Staff


Joined: Jul 21, 2004
Posts: 2718
Location: Chelmsford, UK

PostPosted: Fri Nov 28, 2014 5:36 pm    Post subject: Mobile Speed Camera Loses Motoring Journalist His Job Reply with quote

pocketgpsworld.com
A former racing driver, who is now a motoring journalist for Auto Express, is set to lose his job following been caught by a mobile speed camera.

41 year old Owen Mildenhall from Edenbridge in Kent drove his Porsche 911 Carrera at 127mph in a 60mph zone of the Scottish Highlands.

In mitigation, he argued: "I was just accelerating out of the roundabout. I was not going to sustain that speed. I was testing the vehicle acceleration through the gears. I understand that’s not an excuse."

In his defence, his solicitor said that the road conditions were good with a bright moon and that he was a road tester for a motoring magazine who clocked up 80,000 miles a year. He added that his client has held a racing licence for 10 years.

After admitting driving dangerously, he was handed a 15 month ban from driving and a £2,000 fine - his solicitor said the ban would mean Mildenhall would lose his job.

Source
Get Speed Camera Warnings For SatNavs
Get Speed Camera Warnings For iOS
Get Speed Camera Warnings For Android
email icon

_________________
Robert Brady
Editor, Pocket GPS World
The Premier GPS / SatNav Resource for News, Reviews and Forums
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Visit poster's website
rf065
Lifetime Member


Joined: Oct 10, 2005
Posts: 80

PostPosted: Sat Nov 29, 2014 6:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

For anyone who does not know the A96, it is the main road from Aberdeen to Inverness. It runs entirely through rural land, with farm access roads and other junctions everywhere along it's length. It's as far removed from a m/way or dual c/way as you can possibly get and should have been upgraded years ago. Due to the amount of accidents, outdated roads like this are constantly patrolled by the police, only a lunatic would drive at 127mph and expect to get away with it.

Russ
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Snudge
Lifetime Member


Joined: Aug 22, 2007
Posts: 211
Location: Peterborough

PostPosted: Sun Nov 30, 2014 11:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I take your point - slow moving farm vehicles could be on, crossing or joining the road so the high speed was inappropriate.
I'm wondering what speed the cops were doing to catch the guy though?
Quote:
“Using their pro-laser speed camera they detected Mildenhall was travelling at 127mp in a 60mph zone. He was followed and stopped,"

I know the cops do a ten week training course to make them super safe to drive at high speed and avoid slow moving farm vehicles etc......but it does make you wonder?
_________________
TomTom ONE XL App 7.162 Map UK 710.1571
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
sussamb
Pocket GPS Verifier
Pocket GPS Verifier


Joined: Mar 18, 2011
Posts: 4399
Location: West Sussex

PostPosted: Sun Nov 30, 2014 12:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I suspect from reading the comment that 'he wasn't intending to sustain that speed' he was going considerably slower when they caught up with him. Even so, as Snudge points out, they are trained to drive safely (albeit no driving is 100% safe) and follow a strict procedure referred to as IPSGA when dealing with hazards, which would include avoiding slow moving farm vehicles Wink
_________________
Where there's a will ... there's a way.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
dales
Frequent Visitor


Joined: May 04, 2008
Posts: 743
Location: Knaresborough, North Yorkshire.

PostPosted: Sun Nov 30, 2014 3:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There are not very many farm vehicles around at 12:45 in the morning.
Just hurrah henries in hot pursuit.

Dales.
_________________
nuvi 2599LMT-D, oregon 700, basecamp, memory-map.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
rf065
Lifetime Member


Joined: Oct 10, 2005
Posts: 80

PostPosted: Sun Nov 30, 2014 4:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

dales wrote:
There are not very many farm vehicles around at 12:45 in the morning.
Just hurrah henries in hot pursuit.

Dales.


That makes it worse, not many streetlights on that road so he only had the moonlight in an area that has deer crossing the roads at night. Lucky for him he never hit one at that speed. I suspect the lack of light was the real reason he did not sustain his speed.

Russ
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
dales
Frequent Visitor


Joined: May 04, 2008
Posts: 743
Location: Knaresborough, North Yorkshire.

PostPosted: Sun Nov 30, 2014 10:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Perhaps he thought the limit was 140 mph.

After all, MaFt seems to have set up a pMobile category for this speed eg camera 168079.

Dales.
_________________
nuvi 2599LMT-D, oregon 700, basecamp, memory-map.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Philip
Regular Visitor


Joined: 12/09/2002 14:25:05
Posts: 141
Location: Hampshire, United Kingdom

PostPosted: Tue Dec 02, 2014 4:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm not convinced that the police drivers' abilities are THAT much better than those of somebody who is actively involved in testing cars on a daily basis and who has held a race licence for 10 years. (Not denigrating the police - I have been driven by Class 1 police drivers and have been extremely impressed with their observation and car control).

What the police DO have, however, is a prominently marked car, blue flashing lights and a siren, all of which (coupled with their training) means that they are much more apparent to other road users when driving at speed.

_________________
Philip
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
sussamb
Pocket GPS Verifier
Pocket GPS Verifier


Joined: Mar 18, 2011
Posts: 4399
Location: West Sussex

PostPosted: Tue Dec 02, 2014 4:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You'd think so wouldn't you? I've still had cars pull out of junctions in front of me when I've had lights and sirens going. Some people either don't look or aren't able to comprehend what they're seeing Rolling Eyes
_________________
Where there's a will ... there's a way.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Snudge
Lifetime Member


Joined: Aug 22, 2007
Posts: 211
Location: Peterborough

PostPosted: Tue Dec 02, 2014 4:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Philip wrote:

What the police DO have, however, is a prominently marked car, blue flashing lights and a siren, all of which (coupled with their training) means that they are much more apparent to other road users when driving at speed.

I am pleased to read that the Bristol woman HERE who was recently hit by the police car is stable.
_________________
TomTom ONE XL App 7.162 Map UK 710.1571
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
M8TJT
The Other Tired Old Man
The Other Tired Old Man


Joined: Apr 04, 2006
Posts: 10118
Location: Bexhill, South Sussex, UK

PostPosted: Tue Dec 02, 2014 4:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I wonder if she had her head down in a phone or was listening to her iPod.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
sussamb
Pocket GPS Verifier
Pocket GPS Verifier


Joined: Mar 18, 2011
Posts: 4399
Location: West Sussex

PostPosted: Tue Dec 02, 2014 5:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wouldn't surprise me. A girl was killed close to where I live ... and that's exactly what she was doing when she stepped into the road without looking. Sad loss of a young life but clearly her fault and my real sympathies are with the driver.
_________________
Where there's a will ... there's a way.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message







Posted: Today    Post subject: Pocket GPS Advertising

Back to top
Display posts from previous:   
Post new topic   Reply to topic    Pocket GPS World Forum Index -> News And Latest Information All times are GMT + 1 Hour
Page 1 of 1

 
Jump to:  
You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot vote in polls in this forum

Powered by phpBB 2.0.11 © 2001 phpBB Group
phpBB port v2.1 based on Tom Nitzschner's phpbb2.0.6 upgraded to phpBB 2.0.4 standalone was developed and tested by:
ArtificialIntel, ChatServ, mikem,
sixonetonoffun and Paul Laudanski (aka Zhen-Xjell).

Version 2.1 by Nuke Cops © 2003 http://www.nukecops.com

Make a Donation



CamerAlert Database

Click here for the PocketGPSWorld.com Speed Camera Database

Download Speed Camera Database
20.064 (22 Jun 22)



WORLDWIDE SPEED CAMERA SPOTTERS WANTED!

Click here to submit camera positions to the PocketGPSWorld.com Speed Camera Database


12mth Subscriber memberships awarded every week for verified new camera reports!

Submit Speed Camera Locations Now


CamerAlert Apps



iOS QR Code






Android QR Code







© Terms & Privacy


GPS Shopping