Monday, January 16, 2006

Safety First, Scottish style...

This, strictly speaking, is the first use of a speed camera as a CCTV device:

A UK court on Monday severely penalized a motorist for the crime of showing disrespect to a mobile speed camera van. The device had photographed Sean Toehill, 21, driving at 22 MPH in a 40 MPH zone on July 29, 2005 but police became enraged when they noticed he had given the camera a "V-sign."

At the time, the road was otherwise empty and police admitted there was no sign that Toehill's silver VW Polo was out of control or had ever drifted off-course. Officers nonetheless were dispatched to his home two days later to charge him with "dangerous driving."

The Cupar Sheriff Court in Fife, Scotland upheld the charge claiming even a momentary removal of hands from the wheel to make a gesture was dangerous (
see full image). Sheriff George Evans suspended Toehill's right to drive for a year and imposed a £90 (US $160) fine. Toehill plans to appeal the ruling.

Only in the Blighted Kingdom...

Bill Peschel, from

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At 2:07 AM, Blogger J.UL1R4 said...

Sick is the world that comes to mind.

And they seriously expect us to start worshipping this country ?


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