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Think I've been caught doing 60mph in a 30... what will happen

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Shouldhavenotdonethat Fri 22-Feb-19 20:30:24

So I'm likely to get flamed for this I know

I've been driving for 15 years. No convictions, no crashes. I'm generally very careful and a considerate road user

Today i was driving down a country lane that leads to the edge of a town. They are in the process of building a housing estate on the edge of the town and have now made it an immediate 30mph from a 60 as you come towards the edge of this new estate. I went through the 30 sign at 60, slowing down as I was going along. Then spotted a police van with a camera pointing out of the back of it sad just up the road

How much trouble am I in?

I was slowing down before I hit the urban bit, but I Definately was still doing 60 as I went through the 30 limit sign.

I'm so stressed i feel sick with worry.

If i lose my license i lose my job

LizzieSiddal Fri 10-May-19 14:01:01

Read the thread people

Nothing happened to the OP.

LizzieSiddal Fri 10-May-19 14:00:20

This happened to me recently. The limit had changed from 50 to 30 and I didn’t notice. There was a speed police van and I was convinced I’d be in big trouble. Two months later and I haven’t heard a thing. I wonder if they do it to make people take notice of the speed reduction, without finding everyone.

Coronapop Fri 10-May-19 13:59:55

If the police record your speed as 60mph you will probably need to go to court and get a Band C fine – six penalty points and a fine of 125-175% of your weekly income. You can also be disqualified for between seven and 56 days. The court will not necessarily disqualify you especially if you have an otherwise clean driving record. I would advise considering getting a solicitor if the case does go to court as they know the sorts of things to say in mitigation. With luck the speed recorded will be lower and the penalty will be less.

Fraxion Fri 10-May-19 13:57:34

Wait, there are roads that go straight from 60 to 30?

There are even ones that go from 70 to 30!

TrixieFranklin Fri 10-May-19 13:57:19

RTFT people hmm

Jaxhog Fri 10-May-19 13:55:16

Don't panic! If you were slowing down before you passed the Police Van you won't have been clocked at 60. Hopefully it will have been a lot less. You'll probably get a fine and either 3 points/speed awareness course. Unlikely to be a total ban.

Be glad it was a police van and not a child though.

Acis Fri 10-May-19 13:55:06

Best result all round, OP, given that obviously it's not a mistake you will repeat after this scare.

Acis Fri 10-May-19 13:48:58

If you smashed in to a child at that speed you would totally annihilate them

Which would also be the case if a car hit a child in the 60 zone. Totally pointless post.

Abra1de Fri 10-May-19 13:48:14

Cancel the cheque.

thelastgoldeneagle Fri 10-May-19 13:46:13

If you're doing over twice the speed limit it will mean appearing in court and could mean a ban. Keep your fingers crossed.

Otterhound Fri 10-May-19 13:45:14

The operator was probably having a cup of tea and a digestive...

Sometimes they are there as reminder, especially when speed limits have changed.

Wonkydonkey44 Fri 10-May-19 13:37:59

My husband was caught 54 in a 30 . Not a built up area just derelict buildings ( not that excuses it) . 6 points over £500 fine flowers

Lifecraft Fri 10-May-19 13:31:14

The camera may not be working. Wait till you get penalty notice or whatever.

If the camera isn't working, how can she receive a penalty notice?
And they have 14 days to notify the registered keeper, and this was 3 months ago!!!

Lifecraft Fri 10-May-19 13:28:45

Ask for certification that the speed gun was calibrated in a specific time period. It often isn’t and if they can’t produce it then you will likely get it all dismissed.

Why would she do that if they've never contacted her to charge her in the first place???

Justaboy Fri 10-May-19 13:16:02

StuckInsideAnEcho My ex went on one of they, they told her to drive around in 30 MPH limits in Third gear all the time!

Daft if you ask me!

StuckInsideAnEcho Fri 10-May-19 01:30:08


Last week I completed one of those speed awareness courses.

I'm glad I did, because it taught me some things I'd forgotten and gotten muddled up, plus there are changes sometimes and as a driver you are expected to know by keeping up to date with the highway code and so on.

So..... For you and anyone else reading this who drives and who hasn't recently dome one of these courses, I would strongly advise you look up the material covered on these courses because it's really made me think.

Including how even just one mile over the limit in a 30 causes significant damage to something/ someone hit. The videos they showed us weren't graphic but demonstrated the laws of motion very clearly.

Glad your panic is over though. I'm sure most of us have done what you did.

number1wang Fri 10-May-19 01:13:47

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Justaboy Fri 10-May-19 01:03:29

It IIRC has now gone past the time they can send a NIP ticket.

Sycamoretrees Fri 10-May-19 00:50:00

Good news OP, maybe it was a tax camera van and not a speed one. Or maybe you weren't going as fast as you thought.

BoringPerson Fri 10-May-19 00:46:44

That's great news OP.

Missingstreetlife Fri 10-May-19 00:32:07

The camera may not be working. Wait till you get penalty notice or whatever.
Police and council are bastards, change the limit and then set traps.
Hope it's not followed up, but no point worrying

Sweetdreamer93 Fri 10-May-19 00:08:23

Ask for certification that the speed gun was calibrated in a specific time period. It often isn’t and if they can’t produce it then you will likely get it all dismissed.

Shouldhavenotdonethat Thu 09-May-19 23:56:01

Sorry for the delay! Nothing ever happened . Guess I was extremely lucky. Was glad of the scare though I'm a lot more cautious :-)

Twerking9til5 Fri 08-Mar-19 07:06:44

Yes, what happened?

Norfolk police love these vans.

Bumblebeezy Fri 08-Mar-19 06:45:52

Did you get a ticket in the end @Shouldhavenotdonethat?

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