'I couldn't believe it!' Elderly driver receives two speeding tickets in two minutes

An elderly driver was fined for two speeding offences that he commited two minutes apart on the same stretch of the road. George Peck, 70, admitted that he does not dispute the fact he was speeding on the A379 into Plymouth, but said that the two fines are “a waste of the court’s time”.

Mr Peck had two summons delivered to his house for a speeding offence. The first offence was for driving at 36mph at 2.42pm and the second at 2.44pm for driving at 37mph, PlymouthLive reported. 

The driver explained the first summons described the offence as being caught by a static camera, while the second described it as maintaining an average speed between the Billacombe roundabout and the Saltram roundabout that exceeded 30mph.

A police spokesperson from the Devon and Cornwall Police’s Road Safety Team said that as there is a roundabout between the systems and drivers can and will get recorded and reported for speeding on both average speed systems, if they exceed the speed limit from Elburton to the roundabout and then again from the roundabout down to the supermarket roundabout.

Retracing his steps, Mr Peck, from Kingsbridge, noted that there was only a single 30mph reminder between these roundabouts.

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Mr Peck continued: “I thought this must be happening to other people as well.

“I thought well these cameras are automatic so I can’t be the only person this has happened to because if you misread the speed limit, which I did, I wasn’t deliberately going faster than I should have done, I just thought it was a 40mph limit. I’m not going to change two minutes later unless there’s a sign to say 30mph.”

He added: “I just think it’s a great pity when we’re suppose to, and want to, support the police and their efforts, they can’t show a little bit of common sense when dealing with what is a relatively minor offence. I can’t believe it does anything except rub people’s backs up the wrong way.”

A spokesperson for the Devon and Cornwall Police’s Road Safety Team said: “Average speed systems are an excellent road safety tool, with around 96 percent compliance.

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“That means a reduced level of speed, lower speed gives more time to react, more time to react means less collisions and if there are collisions the reduced speed means less energy going into the collision which means less injuries as a consequence.

“The Devon and Cornwall Police Road Safety Team has recently more than doubled the number of speed detection officers, with additional vans and motorbikes to reach more difficult to enforce areas.

“They have also doubled the number of staff on the Operation Snap Team processing members of the public’s dash cam submissions.

“The police roads policing team has also doubled the number of No Excuse specialist traffic officers and increased the number of roads policing officers.

“The Police have also strengthened Community Speed Watch (CSW), with Speed Detection Officers now working with CSW volunteers in locations where there continues to be higher non compliance with the speed limit.

“All of this is working towards the Police’s ambition of making Devon and Cornwall an uncomfortable place for drivers who commit offences contrary to the Fatal Five or other road traffic offences that put other road users at risk.

“The police should not apologise for the prosecution of drivers who exceed the speed limit.”

Devon and Cornwall Police also added any road user who receives a fine is given information in relation to the alleged offence.

A spokesperson said: “All road users who receive a fine are given all the information that they need in relation to the alleged offence, including routes to find further information and if necessary, how to appeal.

“Offences against the Road Traffic Act could still result in a court hearing if the road user chooses to appeal.

“Therefore Devon and Cornwall Police are not able to comment on individual cases as to not to interfere with any possible future hearings or appeal.”

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