Getting a speeding ticket is never fun. It’s even worse when you get a speeding ticket while your car is parked. For one UK motorist, that’s exactly what happened, not once, but twice. On two separate occasions, he has been sent a speeding ticket when he knew his car was stationary. Speed cameras are effective for capturing images of drivers, but recent identification mishaps prove that the technology isn’t infallible.
It seems Jeff Buck has to park his car on the street outside his home in Nottingham. With no driveway or garage available, parking it on the shoulder along Watnall Road is the best he can do.
The problem stems from the fact that somebody else happened to speed past the camera perched above his parked car. Police officers who processed the photos and issued the fines somehow missed the fact that his vehicle was stationary.
Police have now issued an apology to Buck after he successfully fought the tickets. It probably wasn’t too hard to prove that his parked car wasn’t the one triggering the speed cameras. We’re guessing police will now be looking a little more closely at the other vehicles in the pictures to see who actually broke the 30 mile per hour speed limit along that road.
Although relieved to have the fines dismissed, Buck is understandably still a bit perturbed:
“I assumed the first time it happened that the police would put something in place to prevent it from happening again. I’m concerned now that every time someone triggers the camera I’ll get these notices. I am amused by it, but also angry that I have to go to the trouble of contacting the police.”
A spokeswoman for the Nottinghamshire Police said that staff members would be getting a little extra training in verifying the speed camera images properly.
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