Drivers avoid speeding fines after blunder

Essex County Standard: Drivers avoid speeding fines after blunder Drivers avoid speeding fines after blunder

A POLICE blunder means 34 motorists have escaped speeding fines.

They were clocked breaking a 40mph speed limit by an officer using a speed gun.

However, prosecution letters were sent out and wrongly stated the road had a limit of 30mph, rendering the letters invalid.

The drivers were caught exceeding the limit in Witham Road, Cressing , on November 4.

Robin Poulter, of Warren Road, Braintree, who was clocked going 48mph, said: “The copper who did it was on a motorbike in a residential driveway.

“They got it totally wrong. The sign saying 40mph is only a few yards away.”

A week after receiving the prosecution notice, Mr Poulter received a second letter saying there was wrong information concerning the location speed.

The letter said: “The proceedings against the driver of your vehicle will not continue.”

An Essex Police spokesman said it has withdrawn the offences due to a clerical error.

Kevin Brown, of the Safer Roads Bureau, said: "The people who received letters should consider this a warning about their driving behaviour.

”I hope they will think about the possible consequences and in future drive with consideration and within the speed limits."

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9:23am Sun 1 Dec 13

CO6 resident says...

"Kevin Brown, of the Safer Roads Bureau, said: "The people who received letters should consider this a warning about their driving behaviour."

48mph in a 40mph road might be unacceptable, but for the motorist who strays above the speed limit, such a sanctimonious statement shows what they are dealing with.
"Kevin Brown, of the Safer Roads Bureau, said: "The people who received letters should consider this a warning about their driving behaviour." 48mph in a 40mph road might be unacceptable, but for the motorist who strays above the speed limit, such a sanctimonious statement shows what they are dealing with. CO6 resident

9:55am Sun 1 Dec 13

mirokou says...

How is it sanctimonious? They were found committing offences and got off on a technicality. Then go the papers to promote their inconsiderate driving behaviour making out they have the upper hand . If they speed in a 40 they speed in a 30..Let me know where they live and i'll speed up down their road. Will they have the cheek to contact Police to complain, of course they will..NIMBYS .... Don't stand in front of a camera playing innocent "I'm a victim" Thats sanctimonious...You just admitted your guilt..
How is it sanctimonious? They were found committing offences and got off on a technicality. Then go the papers to promote their inconsiderate driving behaviour making out they have the upper hand . If they speed in a 40 they speed in a 30..Let me know where they live and i'll speed up down their road. Will they have the cheek to contact Police to complain, of course they will..NIMBYS .... Don't stand in front of a camera playing innocent "I'm a victim" Thats sanctimonious...You just admitted your guilt.. mirokou

10:24am Sun 1 Dec 13

CO6 resident says...

mirokou wrote:
How is it sanctimonious? They were found committing offences and got off on a technicality. Then go the papers to promote their inconsiderate driving behaviour making out they have the upper hand . If they speed in a 40 they speed in a 30..Let me know where they live and i'll speed up down their road. Will they have the cheek to contact Police to complain, of course they will..NIMBYS .... Don't stand in front of a camera playing innocent "I'm a victim" Thats sanctimonious...You just admitted your guilt..
If you're going to play by the letter of the law, get it right in the first place.

Don't then think it is acceptable to play 'the limit is there for a reason' card when your colleague or Back Office staff either didn't know what limit was being enforced. Incompetent drivers are one thing (and I wasn't one of them) but incompetent authorities is another.
[quote][p][bold]mirokou[/bold] wrote: How is it sanctimonious? They were found committing offences and got off on a technicality. Then go the papers to promote their inconsiderate driving behaviour making out they have the upper hand . If they speed in a 40 they speed in a 30..Let me know where they live and i'll speed up down their road. Will they have the cheek to contact Police to complain, of course they will..NIMBYS .... Don't stand in front of a camera playing innocent "I'm a victim" Thats sanctimonious...You just admitted your guilt..[/p][/quote]If you're going to play by the letter of the law, get it right in the first place. Don't then think it is acceptable to play 'the limit is there for a reason' card when your colleague or Back Office staff either didn't know what limit was being enforced. Incompetent drivers are one thing (and I wasn't one of them) but incompetent authorities is another. CO6 resident

10:36am Sun 1 Dec 13

mirokou says...

CO6 resident wrote:
mirokou wrote:
How is it sanctimonious? They were found committing offences and got off on a technicality. Then go the papers to promote their inconsiderate driving behaviour making out they have the upper hand . If they speed in a 40 they speed in a 30..Let me know where they live and i'll speed up down their road. Will they have the cheek to contact Police to complain, of course they will..NIMBYS .... Don't stand in front of a camera playing innocent "I'm a victim" Thats sanctimonious...You just admitted your guilt..
If you're going to play by the letter of the law, get it right in the first place.

Don't then think it is acceptable to play 'the limit is there for a reason' card when your colleague or Back Office staff either didn't know what limit was being enforced. Incompetent drivers are one thing (and I wasn't one of them) but incompetent authorities is another.
Dont disagree, but my point is why go to the papers when you were in the wrong in the first place.. To err is human to forgive is divine..oh someone messed up wow..Yet to find a human who hasn't made a mistake or am i replying to one now.
[quote][p][bold]CO6 resident[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]mirokou[/bold] wrote: How is it sanctimonious? They were found committing offences and got off on a technicality. Then go the papers to promote their inconsiderate driving behaviour making out they have the upper hand . If they speed in a 40 they speed in a 30..Let me know where they live and i'll speed up down their road. Will they have the cheek to contact Police to complain, of course they will..NIMBYS .... Don't stand in front of a camera playing innocent "I'm a victim" Thats sanctimonious...You just admitted your guilt..[/p][/quote]If you're going to play by the letter of the law, get it right in the first place. Don't then think it is acceptable to play 'the limit is there for a reason' card when your colleague or Back Office staff either didn't know what limit was being enforced. Incompetent drivers are one thing (and I wasn't one of them) but incompetent authorities is another.[/p][/quote]Dont disagree, but my point is why go to the papers when you were in the wrong in the first place.. To err is human to forgive is divine..oh someone messed up wow..Yet to find a human who hasn't made a mistake or am i replying to one now. mirokou

12:03pm Sun 1 Dec 13

TheEqualisers says...

CO6 resident wrote:
"Kevin Brown, of the Safer Roads Bureau, said: "The people who received letters should consider this a warning about their driving behaviour."

48mph in a 40mph road might be unacceptable, but for the motorist who strays above the speed limit, such a sanctimonious statement shows what they are dealing with.
i had reason to contact Brown sometime ago and was met with a sanctimonious quite defensive rather offensive tone it was like speaking to daniel craig after he had just dispensed an assailant unscrewing his silencer from an encounter in a hotel toilet.
any verbal point scoring with this chap results in them bragging their close association with essex police not much to brag about now hey?
this traffic partnership quango needs to be shut down and mr brown needs to become a little more humble to the tax payers of the county that pays the relevant wages!
filing ones finger nails and combing ones quiff is not the way forward in today's difficult society....
as a big supporter of police this type of norman wisdom C**K UPS is not funny or professional
get it right please or get out?
[quote][p][bold]CO6 resident[/bold] wrote: "Kevin Brown, of the Safer Roads Bureau, said: "The people who received letters should consider this a warning about their driving behaviour." 48mph in a 40mph road might be unacceptable, but for the motorist who strays above the speed limit, such a sanctimonious statement shows what they are dealing with.[/p][/quote]i had reason to contact Brown sometime ago and was met with a sanctimonious quite defensive rather offensive tone it was like speaking to daniel craig after he had just dispensed an assailant unscrewing his silencer from an encounter in a hotel toilet. any verbal point scoring with this chap results in them bragging their close association with essex police not much to brag about now hey? this traffic partnership quango needs to be shut down and mr brown needs to become a little more humble to the tax payers of the county that pays the relevant wages! filing ones finger nails and combing ones quiff is not the way forward in today's difficult society.... as a big supporter of police this type of norman wisdom C**K UPS is not funny or professional get it right please or get out? TheEqualisers

9:52pm Sun 1 Dec 13

meddler1 says...

I trust the Gazette will have a similar snide little article, adorned with this grinning buffoon, when he knocks down some poor child?

No, I very much doubt it either.
I trust the Gazette will have a similar snide little article, adorned with this grinning buffoon, when he knocks down some poor child? No, I very much doubt it either. meddler1

1:04am Mon 2 Dec 13

Boris says...

Let us hope the police go back to Witham Road, Cressing, at least once a week, and catch some of these speeding morons, but get it right, so that they don't escape their fines.
Start respecting the speed limit, Mr. Poulter, and the good people of Cressing will be a little bit safer.
Let us hope the police go back to Witham Road, Cressing, at least once a week, and catch some of these speeding morons, but get it right, so that they don't escape their fines. Start respecting the speed limit, Mr. Poulter, and the good people of Cressing will be a little bit safer. Boris

10:51am Mon 2 Dec 13

Scoot says...

I am fed up with idiots getting off because of 'a technicality' and then going to the press with their smug grins. Whether the policeman thought it was a 30 when it was a 40 doesn't matter it should just mean their fine is less but they still get the 3 points on their licences.
I am fed up with idiots getting off because of 'a technicality' and then going to the press with their smug grins. Whether the policeman thought it was a 30 when it was a 40 doesn't matter it should just mean their fine is less but they still get the 3 points on their licences. Scoot

12:40pm Mon 2 Dec 13

romantic says...

These people got lucky, but speed limits are normally there for a good reason. They should accept their good fortune on this occasion and keep quiet about it.
These people got lucky, but speed limits are normally there for a good reason. They should accept their good fortune on this occasion and keep quiet about it. romantic

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