• Apr 9, 2008


Photo: Nicholas Bowman

Most people have pretty weak arguments for speeding. Everything from having a broken speedometer, going with the flow of traffic, or desperately needing to find a bathroom are usually feeble excuses that generally don't hold up. Simon Grills's case is unique. Despite being caught by a speed camera and slapped with a £60 fine, his case was dropped because the speed limit sign, which changes the allowed speed from 70 mph to 50 mph, isn't lit at night and was extremely difficult to see. While one case wouldn't necessarily make the news, it's been found that Simon isn't alone. The lights for the sign have been broken since November of 2005, and approximately 214,000 motorists have received tickets for speeding with the sign unlit. Despite the promise that the lights will be fixed, speed cameras are still ticketing motorists at a rate of 500 per day. Grills' legal battle, for which he has spent over 300 hours, has opened up the possibility of other motorists to receive refunds.

Thanks for the tip, Fernando!

[Source: SundayMirror.co.uk]



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      • 6 Years Ago
      Non-reflective signs?
      • 6 Years Ago
      The bulb was never fixed because they figured out how much they could rake in. Now they got caught. I hope they lose a ton of tax revenue for being so crooked.
      • 6 Years Ago
      From the article: "Speed cams raised a total of £104.4m in England and Wales last year. The Welsh are hardest hit. Fines average £5.82 per head of population."

      Holy crap!!! That is A LOT of money made via fines. Why don't people over there fight this sort of thing? It's obvious that the intent of speed cameras is not to enforce the law but generate income. 104 million is a lot of revenue.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Quote: "Why don't people over there fight this sort of thing?"

        We are talking about the same people who got bent over and let the government take all their guns. Nothing but sheep over there.
        • 6 Years Ago
        @John
        Agreed. They dont say anything. Traffic cameras everwhere, face recognizing cameras all over city blocks in London, insane seurity checks at airports, anti-freedom of speech laws.
        Sheep.
      • 6 Years Ago
      How much you wanna bet even after they fix the light, they will still have close to the same amount of violations. Sorry, but a visual problem with the sign is a common excuse that most of the time gets you off (in the U.S) The fact that this sign has been broken since 2005 and Mr. Simon is the FIRST to use as a defense, why was this case 300 hours, either you can see the sign or not....hummm....Something just doesn't seem right.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Did they have that sign specially made??? Who sells non-LED number displays anymore?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Never liked speed camera's, they take the human out of the loop. Might as well just hand camera control over to SkyNet.