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Speeding ticket(33 Posts)
I have been sent a speeding ticket (65 miles in a 50). I am the registered keeper of the vehicle. This happened on an unfamiliar dual carriageway. It was late at night and the 50 mph stretch of road that caught us was only 500 m long at 50 mph, then back up to 70mph. It wasn't intentional, in fact we put the cruise control under the speed limit so as to avoid speeding.
My issue, however, is that I was with my husband on a long 8 hour journey, sharing driving. We cannot remember who was driving on that particular stretch of road. Any advice?
Once you have ascertained who the driver was, you could apply for a Speed Awareness course, you are just about on the threshold and having a clean license they may be willing to let you.
The cost is £ 100 approx, you enrol online and attend a course in your area. It means you don't pick up points, you don't have any impact on your insurance as you don't need to declare it, and you will benefit from a useful 4 hours of information.
* Get two insurance quotes, one with the points on each of you, and see which is cheaper!*
For god sake don’t do this, insurance companies have systems that search for discrepancies between quotes and polices.
Have you looked at the road on Google maps. The satellite view might jog your memory as to who was driving. You might recognise the lay-by you changed over on.
It really doesn't matter about it being an unfamiliar road or it being dark etc. That is completely irrelevant, you (or your husband) should have been paying attention.
It's difficult to believe this is the Legal Advice Board!!
OP only supply the facts to the best of your knowledge. If you genuinely cannot remember which of you was driving at that specific time, then you'll have to go with your best knowledge with no attempt to deliberately skew the facts. Arguably if you both carry clean licenses with no points, then you know your motives are not influenced by 'taking the points'.
It would be reasonable that if you are the registered keeper of the vehicle that you declare you were driving it at the time.
Don't muck about with insurance quotes - if that stunt were to go badly wrong and you are declined insurance cover through malpractice you have a bigger problem for something that is relatively simplistic.
Do think about a speed awareness course if you are allowed to do it. I have done one, and it was very useful, and kept my clean license so it was really worth it.
@daisychain01 there is some appallingly poor advice on here isn't there? Why does everyone think they're a lawyer?
Tell the truth as you know it. Look at places you will have stopped to change drivers. This is what the police advise:
SPOILER: None if it suggests flipping a coin.
I find it very hard to believe that taking the time to work back your journey, neither of you can truly recall who was driving there. Surely you didn't swap every 1/2 hour? Start from the start and work your way through the journey mentally.
Course awareness won't be an option as above 10%. I was caught in the exact same configure, sudden reduction to 50 from 70 on dual carriage way before reaching a roundabout. It's very common. I was only doing 56 though so was offered the awareness course which I did.
If I’m reading the op’s posts correctly then the offence occurred in Scotland and we don’t have Speed Awareness courses anyway.
You need to be careful taking the points unless you know it was you. Look at the picture first. You don't want the police thinking you are doing it deliberately.....Chris Holme/Vicky Price?
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