whatanenormousturkey my DH drives in his job (deso about 40K a year) and his colleague who has just got himself up to 9 points has invested in one of those very expensive detectors. He has no kids and spends lots of cash on gadgetry but was trying to persuade DH to buy one . Apparently DH's response was that I would not let him and would tell him to just drive slower. Too right.
I tried the 'just drive slower' thing but it went down like a lead balloon! I kind of did it to wind him up just after I'd told him he'd got the second ticket. Maybe not such a wise move....
Seriously though, he says that now his concentration is mainly on his speed and not on his driving which can't be good for the rest of us road users, can it?
He's also v. pissed off about the second one as he thinks he was on a dual carriage way bit of a road, and he thought that it was OK to do 70 there. It was one of those roads that has little bits of dual carriage way then goes back into a single track. We both have no idea what the law is on that....which makes it more infuriating that he got it at all.
Yeah I know its not all cut and dried really. But I once got a speeding ticket (years ago before we were married) which I don't think was very fair and DH had quite a go at me. I definitely drive much slower esp in 30,40,50 areas. Since then DH has had 3 tickets and so I have a bit of a hold over him on the issue. He tries to justify it as a hazard of the job....
Believe it or not, those radar things are legal now because they do actually make you drive slower all of the time. They beep at the strangest things, and the cheaper ones use a radar that detects in a circle, so they beep when you don't see anything in front of you!
Don't tell your dp/dh's about the radars shortfalls and you may find they will drive better accordingly..
my prat of a dp got 3 points and a 285 quid fine for doing 78 on a motoraway that had roadworks further down the round and had been lowered to 50.
he is an idiot and has not had a day of peace from it since.
ok its 4 points and fine levelA so that depends on your income adn his " dependents" and other mtigating things
get him to put any mitigation ont eh sheet if he gets a written summons
ie dependednts unusual debt and son on
can you tell Ihave just done y road traffic offences course?!!
In our county it would go straight to a court summons (skipping the fixed penalty) and he would have to have a hearing - he wouldn't have to attend but provide his mitigation form, driving licence and means enquiry form beforehand - it would then go before the Magistrates and they would make a decision based on the facts, reasons provided and the number of points already on the licence (if any) as it is at present.
We charge £35 for court fees at least then whatever the Magistrate decides on the day.
My DH was stopped doing 80mph on a motorway 3 years ago. The policeman said he would have stopped the BMW who overtook my DH but his partner decided otherwise!
It turned out there were roadworks about to start and the speed limit had been reduced to 50. DH hadn't seen the sign because when we checked later the sign was only on the inside lane.
He had a clean licence, attended court and got a £500 fine and 6pts! The magistrate even said she had considered banning him for this first offence!!!
Interestingly the case before his was a cannabis farm and all they got was a £50 fine and told to destroy the crop!
Needless to say I know think the legal system is a pile of **!
Dh got one in october for doing 61mph on a 50 dual carriageway. He got 3 points and £60 fine. He was caught by one of those mobile cameras. V annoying, espeacially when his only other conviction for speeding comes off his license this month.
What about these safety camera unit fines. I've just got a letter about doing 80 in a 50 limit. I have to fill in who was driving etc, but it doesn't say what happens next.
Do I have to go to court, or do they just tell me what they are going to give me. I don't see any point putting mitigating circumstances, as there weren't any.