TheNewspaper.com: Driving Politics
Home >Camera Enforcement > Speed Cameras > UK: Speed Camera Tickets Woman on Way to Restroom 
Print It Email It Tweet It

5/9/2006
UK: Speed Camera Tickets Woman on Way to Restroom
Court more than doubles the fine against a woman who drove 9 MPH over the limit on an empty road to reach a restroom.

40 zone
UK resident Diana Stevens, 67, was accused of driving 49 MPH in a 40 zone on her way to the restroom on August 12. A speed camera had photographed her as she sped past on the A27 in East Sussex. On Monday, Stevens asked Lewes Magistrates' Court to consider the circumstances and not assess the standard three penalty points against her flawless driving record.

Leaving a dinner in her Toyota that August night, Stevens soon knew she was in trouble. "I realised that I needed to use the loo and when you get to my age you think about it a bit more," she told the court, according to the Press Association account. "I might not have slowed down even if I had seen the speed sign because I was desperately in a hurry and there was no traffic around."

The extra speed allowed Stevens to arrive home just in time. Magistrates, however, saw no excuse for driving 9 MPH over the limit on a completely empty road. They imposed all three license demerit points and more than doubled the standard fine to £160 (US $300).

Source: I NEEDED THE LOO SAID PENSIONER CAUGHT SPEEDING (Press Association (UK), 5/8/2006)

Regional News:
Other news about England



Permanent Link for this item
Return to Front Page


Related News
UK Report Finds Variable Speed Limits Dangerous

Baltimore, Maryland Restarts Faulty Traffic Camera System

Incoming French President To Continue Anti-Motorist Policies

Ohio Lawmaker Challenges Expanded Speed Camera Use

Iowa Court Rejected IIHS Expert Witness




View Main Topics:

Get Email Updates
Subscribe with Google
Subscribe via RSS or E-Mail

Back To Front Page


Front Page | Get Updates | Site Map | News Archive | Search | RSS Feed
TheNewspaper.com: Driving politics
TheNewspaper.com