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Speeding Tickets... 
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Protecting... your Life... your Licence... and your Livelihood.
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Your Licence... Gone in a Flash!

Introduction.
Protecting your Licence.
Speeding Ticket?
Point-Swapping... "FYI".
Going to Court.
"Duress of Circumstances"
The Bottom Line.
Useful Websites.
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Introduction.
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The following article covers a range of Strategies for dealing with Speeding Tickets, taken from... the Internet: Newspapers: Television: etc.  It gives some "Legal Tips"... which might give you some ideas.  A range of "Template Letters"... for some common scenarios.  Some links to "Legal Information" in ebook form... which you might be able to apply to your case.  A few links where you can get "Legal Advice"... about your specific case.  And some links where you can get some "Legal Representation"... if money is no object.  [Some things mentioned are actually illegal... we are not suggesting you should try them... we are merely reporting them... "FYI" (For Your Information.)]
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[Follow this link for Information on "Parking Tickets"]
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In Britain... there is a common expression you might come across in Court... "Ignorance of the Law is no Defence".  It is your responsibility to know the Law!  But, do the Authorities really want you to know all the 'ins-and-outs' of the Law?  Because that just makes you a lot harder to prosecute.  When it comes to Speeding Tickets... the Law and Justice have long since parted company.  [Read... "Legal Tips"]
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While the wealthy can engage the services of an expensive Lawyer to get around the Law... the most serious offenders often escape the clutches of the Law altogether, [because they don't even bother registering their vehicles.]  That just leaves the easy targets... the law-abiding majority... who get clobbered at every turn.  Is it any wonder that so many people now feel that the Law is something that they need protection from... rather than it being something which is there to protect them!
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2007... a survey revealed that hundreds of thousands of drivers escape Speeding Tickets because the police do not have time to pursue difficult cases.  The vehicle is not legally registered at a proper address.  It is a foreign number plate.  Or someone has used an accommodation address and cannot be served with a NIP within the 14 day requirement.  [This is perfectly legal... you do not have to use your home address... as long as you are able to sort out your Road Tax... any address will do.]  So, anything that needs to be 'signed for' or delivered within a fixed time period could very well end up in the 'too hard basket'.  [Out of an estimated 2million illegal drivers... 930,000 have been classified as 'persistent evaders'.]
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We do not in any way condone... speeding... dangerous driving... inconsiderate behaviour... blah! blah! blah! and for anyone given a Speeding Ticket... well, maybe you deserved it?  Having said that... almost everyone exceeds some speed limits at some time.  And the Government do not target the most serious offenders... they go for the easy targets.  These days... [and particularly if you happen to be a high mileage driver]... it is extremely likely that you will end up getting a Speeding Ticket at some time.... however carefully you drive.  
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A Government that is supposed to improve people's lives... actually cause major disruption and hardship to a lot of law-abiding people... while achieving absolutely nothing in terms of safety.  So... you can either just roll over and accept whatever the Authorities throw at you... or you can get clued-up... and use the Law to your full advantage.  The Authorities will happily prosecute you on a technicality... so there's no reason why you should feel guilty about getting out of it on a technicality!  [See blinkx Videos for more Information and News Stories on this subject.]
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Protecting your Life and your Licence.
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  • The lines of defence are... not getting a Ticket... not receiving the Ticket... getting the Ticket withdrawn... taking the fight to Court and winning.  So, what are the options?
  • First... you can start by driving as safely as possible... and doing your best to stay within the speed limits.  Forget about the Police... Dangerous Driving often comes with a "Death Penalty"... not just for yourself... but even worse... for your passengers and for innocent bystanders! 
  • So, take full responsibility for your own personal safety... you can do a lot more to protect yourself [by what you drive... and the way you choose to drive] than the Government can ever do for you.  Consider taking an Advanced Drivers Course... those who do have a lower rate of accidents and generally pay lower insurance premiums.

  • While the Police could stop you for speeding at only 1mph over the limit... cameras usually have a bit of leeway... as a guideline... you might get away with driving over the limit by 10% + 2mph. [i.e. 35 in a 30... or 79 in a 70.]  More than that you will get a Fixed Penalty Notice.
  • For more serious speeding offences [i.e. 50+ in a 30... or 96+ in a 70] you will probably receive a Summons... [and in the near future this could carry a 6 point penalty.]
  • Start familiarising yourself with the different camera technologies... how they work... where they're most likely to be sited, etc... what you can do to reduce your risk against specific models.  [See: Speed Cameras - a brief Summary]
  • Make sure you know where all the fixed cameras are in your local area... 
  • or routes you drive regularly. 
  • On other routes... watch out for Gatso warning signs.
  • Get an AA road Map that shows fixed camera locations. The AA. 
  • Choose a route that doesn't have any cameras.
  • Visit a website with a database that shows all the latest sites. SpeedCamerasUK 
  • Buy a Radar/Laser... GPS Speed Camera Detector.  Visit... Road Angel GPS.
  • If you do exceed the limit... watch out for Police cars coming from behind... unmarked cars ahead... video units at the side of the road... Police on bridges over motorways... oncoming cars flashing their headlights... follow some other lead-foot so they get caught out with Radar rather than you... or you get a bit of advanced warning from a detector.
  • Cover your number plate with a special high-gloss spray which reflects the flash from cameras.  Note: some of these sprays do seem to be quite effective against Gatsos... and although the Authorities don't like them... they're not illegal... yet!  [Read our assessment... Anti-Flash Sprays: do they Work? are they Legal?]
  • Many laser gun operators aim at the number plate... because it reflects the laser better than other sloping parts of the car.  Tip... tilt your number plate so that it is pointing either upwards or downwards... which "they say" makes it more difficult to get a reading: [don't know if this actually works?!?]
  • Still got a Speeding Ticket? then you either accept it... [especially if the fine is low and the evidence compelling.]
  • Or... you fight it!  See: Pepipoo.com have a look at their FAQ's and visit their Forum.  Lots of people have already been through the Speeding Ticket process, so this is a good place to seek free advice.  [You can also talk to a Solicitor... for 3 per minute.]
  • Don't wait until you're on the point of losing your licence before you start contesting your cases... fight all your Speeding Tickets if you think you might have a chance.  [You may be offered the opportunity to do a course rather than have a 3 point deduction.]  If you want to get a different perspective, visit... Ask The Police.
  • Have a look at UK-Driving-Secrets. for Legal Info on all aspects of driving... getting stopped... appealing against Speeding Tickets... and taking the fight to Court... in a downloadable ebook.  Have a look at their advert and see whether you think it might be useful.  For further Information for the UK and USA See Legal ebooks.
  • Just in case the worst comes to the worst... you get a driving ban... and you can't get by without a car... maybe you should consider taking out some 'Chauffeur Insurance'.  There is quite a variety of schemes... and they can be expensive... but depending on your circumstances... might be a worthwhile investment.  See Edequip.co.uk
Your basic Rights if you get stopped by the Police.  This gives you a basic outline of how to behave if you get stopped by the Police... what to do... what to say... and just as importantly... what not to do... and what not to say.  Keep a copy in your car to refer to in case you get stopped.
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Speeding Ticket?
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Even doing all these things will not guarantee that you don't get caught out... so the next line of defence is fighting the Speeding Ticket.  Regulations govern all aspects of the law and may be contravened by the issuing Authority... go over the Speeding Ticket with a fine-toothcomb... if they've left anything out the Ticket... or written in something which is wrong... it might be enough to make it invalid.  It may take a bit of time and research to get to grips with the paperwork... not just the initial Speeding Ticket... but the whole paper-trail involved in going to Court.  If you mount a determined defence and the CPS [Crown Prosecuting Service] believe they have a less than 51% chance of winning, they might withdraw the charges.
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Was it really your vehicle?  Sometimes people get sent Fines for... Parking... the 'Congestion Charge'... or a Speeding Ticket in places they have never been too.  This may be because someone has 'Cloned' their vehicle.  When vehicles are stolen... sometimes they are broken up for parts... sometimes they are exported... sometimes they take on the identity of a vehicle which has been written off... and sometimes they are used, but are given a set of false number plates.  All they need to do is identify a similar vehicle... and have a set of its number plates made up... or steal the plates: [approx. 35,000 sets of number plates are reported stolen each year.]  That way if the Police check out the vehicle... the computer will just say... Owned by... Mr. Smith. Some Road. Any Town... rather than 'Stolen'... and any Fines get sent to someone else.  [Read about... 'Cloned Vehicles']  If it definitely was your vehicle... read on...
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Your vehicle?  If a vehicle was the same make, model and colour as yours... with your registration number... it can be very difficult to prove it wasn't yours... or even to create reasonable doubt.  If you think the vehicle might not have been yours... examine the photo carefully... perhaps there are some slight differences between your vehicle and the one in the photo... even something like a sticker in the rear window might indicate it really wasn't your vehicle.  It would be very helpful if... you could produce a photo [not a digital photo] showing your vehicle didn't have such a sticker... and also produce an older photo showing that it didn't have one in the past either.  [Obviously this doesn't 'prove' it wasn't your vehicle... you could easily have taken a photo... put a sticker in the rear window... and then removed again... but it may be enough to cast reasonable doubt.]
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Point-Swapping... "FYI".
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August 2005.  Following extensive anecdotal evidence... a recent survey revealed that over 700,000 drivers have avoided points on their licences by getting a partner/family/friend... to admit to a Speeding Ticket.  The growing practice of 'points-swapping' is believed to be saving thousands of motorists a year from being banned from driving.  The survey of 2,000 drivers by Churchill Insurance found that...
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  • 2.2 per cent admitted to taking points on behalf of someone else... [most often their partner.]
  • With 33 million licence-holders in Britain, this is the equivalent of 726,000 drivers.
  • A third said that they would consider asking their partners to accept responsibility for a Speeding Ticket if it prevented them from losing their licence.
  • The overwhelming majority of those who had taken points for a Speeding Ticket on behalf of a partner were women.
  • One in seven motorists in the survey said that they would be unable to work if they lost their licences.
Police chiefs have been puzzling why the number of people being disqualified by gaining a forth three-point penalty has fallen, while the number of Speeding Tickets has multiplied.  In 1999, 500,000 offences were detected by Speed Cameras... resulting in 34,000 disqualifications.  By 2003, the figure had risen to 1.8 million... yet the number of people disqualified for acquiring 12 points fell to 33,000... rather than rising to... circa 120,000.
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The survey would appear to undermine the explanation given by some pro-camera groups that cameras are working... that drivers, faced with the prospect of a ban, changed their ways.  As a spokesman for The RAC Foundation said "The temptations are great for those who would lose their livelihoods.  A wife may be forced to choose between having the whole family plunged into financial hardship... or just accepting the points on her husband's behalf".  The rise in points-swapping would certainly help to explain the discrepancy. 
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The Association of Chief Police Officers [ACPO] said that points-swapping was very difficult to detect and usually came to light only when a couple got divorced and the wife accused the husband of passing his points on to her.  
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[Note... if you reported such an incident to the Police you could be admitting to... "Perverting the Course of Justice"... or some other serious offence.  You could be found guilty because you had admitting to the offence... but they would still have to prove the case against the Spouse... which may come down to your word against theirs.  Go down this route and you may very well end up shooting yourself in the foot.]

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Ian Bell, ACPO's speed camera liaison officer, said... "While Gatsos photograph the rear of the vehicle, others, like Truvelos and mobile cameras, take a picture of the front and may show who was driving.  But... if we have got an admission by a driver... there would be no reason to check".  [See News Story 28... points swapping takes to the Internet in France and Spain.]
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Mid-2005... There was a story in the Papers about someone who got a very heavy Fine for getting his wife to take Penalty Points for a Speeding Ticket on his behalf.  The Police only found out because he went onto the 'Pepipoo' Forum and told everyone!  So take note... breaking the Law, then blabbing about it... definitely not a good idea!!
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It is often the case that someone other than the registered owner is driving a vehicle.  It may be that you genuinely do not remember who was driving... three weeks ago last Wednesday [particularly if say... one or other parent always drops the kids off at school, but not according to any set pattern.]  But you decide to put down someone's name... rather than go to Court.  If it did come to light... [say because of a photograph] that you got it wrong [made a genuine mistake]... just bare this in mind... Lying is a serious offence... having a bad memory isn't!
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2003... well known couple Neil and Christine Hamilton went to Court and said that they genuinely could not remember who was driving at the time of an offence... and got out of their Speeding Ticket.
2005... this couple lied and turned a 120 Speeding Ticket into an 11,000 Fine... Found Guilty of "Perverting the course of Justice"... but still didn't get any points on their licences because they could not establish who was driving... Read More.
2006... and someone who got 6 months in prison for deliberately lying about the driver... Read More.
2007... 3 people get jailed for lying in Court... Read More.
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Something to consider... refusing to name the driver is an offence... but as we say... having a bad memory isn't!  [Companies are meant to keep a log of who was driving their vehicles... failure to name a driver could result in the prosecution of a company official.]  Try sending back the FPN or NIP with a covering letter which says... 
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  • The vehicle could have been driven by any number of individuals... [2, 3, 4?] name all possible drivers if you can... and nobody can remember being on that road on that day.  Let them know that you have checked credit card statements to see if anyone was in that particular area on the day in question.
  • Point out... that it is always possible it was a 'Clone'... vehicle which had been stolen and was using bogus number plates, [it does happen.]
  • Assure them that you are doing your best to find out who was driving but you will require their assistance... and ask them to sent you copies of any photographs.
  • Maybe that will establish who was driving... maybe it won't.  Put the ball back in their court... and maybe they will give up.
  • Cooperate... but admit nothing!  If they're going to convict you... make them work for it!  [See... Template Letters.]
If all the necessary checks, enquiries and investigations had been made... into all the possible drivers... and still there was no way to establish the true identity... the keeper of the vehicle and any potential drivers could still end up in Court... and be cross-examined by a prosecution solicitor or barrister.  If this did not establish who was driving the vehicle... then the law says... that the keeper of the vehicle cannot be held responsible.  But, this would only happen if the Court was satisfied that the owner or keeper had used 'reasonable diligence' in trying to find out who was driving.

UK-Driving-Secrets. Written by a Traffic Policeman with years of on-the-job experience... it gives Legal tips on all aspects of driving... getting stopped... appealing against various tickets... and taking the fight to Court.


Important Notice... as of Monday 24th September 2007 the provision from the Road Safety Act 2006 to raise the driving licence penalty points from 3 to 6 for the offence of 'failing to identify the driver' becomes active.  But... vehicle owners should still be aware that they have no obligation to 'name the driver' if they do not know who the driver was at the time of the alleged offence... and cannot discover the identity of the driver using 'reasonable diligence'.  This is a statutory defence and is enshrined in the statute [RTOA 1988 S172(4)]"  However... if you do go to Court you must convince them that you have diligently tried to discover the identity of the driver... if they really don't believe you... you could end up in more serious trouble... with 6 points on your licence and a Fine of 1,000.
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If the owner does name an alternate driver... that driver could admit that the vehicle was in their possession... but still say that they were not actually driving and cannot find out who was.  There is a lower level of expectation on this driver to find out who was driving than there is on the owner... they are only expected to 'supply any information which is available to them'.
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Going to Court.
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Even just knowing the basics of what to say... and what not to say can make a huge difference.  Knowing what evidence to have... what they will have... and how to prepare your case.  If you do not have a Solicitor but want to contest a Speeding Ticket in Court... you can have someone sit with you... [known as a "McKenzie Friend".]  You can confer with them but they cannot address the Court directly.
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UK Driving Secrets. - Downloadable ebook written by a Traffic Officer with years of on-the-job experience... it gives Legal tips on all aspects of driving... getting stopped... appealing against various tickets... and taking the fight to Court.  [The kind of Information that an ordinary Solicitor probably wouldn't tell you about.]
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Pleading Guilty?  If you elect to go to Court... plead "Guilty" and don't bother mounting any kind of defence... you can expect your punishment to be more severe than if you just paid the Fixed Penalty.  If you do plead "Guilty" then you can only claim "mitigating circumstances", [i.e. you were trying to get out of the way of an Ambulance]... or "special circumstances", [a driving ban would cause serious financial hardship to your family, as you would lose your job]... in the hope that you will receive the minimum punishment rather than the maximum.  [But if the offence was covered by a Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN) then that was probably the least you could have been Fined anyway.]
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Delaying Tactics.  Depending on your personal circumstances... you might still choose to do this.  If you are on 9 points... and with 3 more... about to hit the 12 mark... [but some of those points are due to expire within the next few months]... 'Delaying Tactics' might save you from a driving ban.  Or, as an example... let's say you were working and saving up to go round the world on a "gap-year".  If you could delay your court case by 3-6 months... carry on working... pay a slightly bigger Fine... and serve your driving ban while you're overseas?  That might be a better option than getting banned... and losing your job straight away.
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Furthermore... the longer you can delay the case the more chance that the Officer will remember nothing about your encounter... [other than what he has written in his notebook.]  You might be able to object to a request for a postponement by them because of upcoming holidays??... other work commitments??  The Officer might be moved to another area... changed their job entirely... or even retired.  Basically... the longer you can drag it out... the better the chance that something will prevent the case proceeding... [Read... 'Delaying Tactics']
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Pleading Not Guilty?  If you think you have a chance of getting off... plead "Not Guilty".  This may be a bit of a gamble, in the sense that... if the evidence against you is compelling and you don't offer much of a defence... your punishment will probably be much worse.  If you put up a good defence... but are still found Guilty... you can always plead "mitigating or special circumstances" and you might get a minimal sentence.  Finally... if you can mount a decent case, you may get off altogether.  [Read... 'Got a Ticket? Going to Court?']
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Calibration Certificates.
All of the machines used in modern day speed detection must be properly Calibrated... and used only by officers specifically trained in their operation. There are also strict rules governing when, where and how the machines should be used.  If the stringent operating requirements have not been met the Prosecution may be unable to prove a speeding offence  So, you could start with the "Calibration Certificate"... even if you don't think the reading was inaccurate.
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Assuming you have returned your FPN and pleaded "Not Guilty".  [If you think the speed indicated by the Police was too high... if they say you were doing 76 in a 50 zone... don't bother saying you were only doing 74! you are still Guilty.]  You will receive a Summons from the CPS.  Write to them [use recorded delivery] and tell them you wish to contest it on the grounds that "you were not speeding"... there must have been a fault with the equipment... or its operation... therefore, you will require them to send you the following...
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  • A copy of all the evidence they intend to present in Court... plus...
  • Any photographs... [Gatsos take two] plus... you need to know the timing between the two photos so you can work out your speed.
  • Calibration certificate and maintenance records for the equipment.
  • If relevant... copy of the records in the Pocketbooks of the officers who should have checked the equipment at the start and finish of their shift... [if that was a requirement.]
  • details of the officers training... with copies of any 'certificates of competence'.
  • a copy of the Instruction Manual for the Radar [or Lidar] equipment.
  • a copy of the Force's operating procedures.
  • And you will require all this... at least 7 days before the date of the Hearing. 
  • Also... have your own comprehensive notes and photos.  Including details of... your conversation: equipment used: serial numbers: etc. [go back and take some if it will help your case] to back up your version of events.  [If asked... did you make these notes at the time... it is more helpful if you can honestly answer... Yes!]

1.  If they find any of these records are incomplete... they might withdraw.  
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2.  If it is a fairly minor offence... they may decide that it isn't worth their time and effort... particularly if the evidence is not watertight.
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3.  If they don't send you the records... ask for the case to be thrown out as you were unable to mount a defence because the CPS did not fulfil their Statutory Obligations and furnish you with the necessary Information.
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4.  If they send you everything you've asked for... [and it all appears in order] ignore it and try a different approach.  [For more Information about Speed Cameras and their Calibration... see UK-SpeedTraps.]
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Template letters to the CPS.  Click these Links below.  Download a copy into a word processor... then fill in all your own specific details.  If you get a FPN [Fixed Penalty Notice] and elect to go to Court... you will then receive a Summons.  Or you might be issued with a more serious NIP [Notice of Intended Prosecution] in which case the Summons will automatically arrive in due course.

For... Identifying the Vehicle and the Driver.
For... fixed cameras: [GATSO: TRUVELO: SPECS.]
For... mobile cameras: [RADAR: LIDAR: VASCAR: Pacing.]
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"Duress of Circumstances"
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The standard issue "Highway Code" only covers the Rules of the Road... it does not cover all the Laws concerning road usage... have a look at the Section "Annexes. 4 The Road User and the Law"... this will tell you which Act of Parliament the offence was passed under.  There are also other publications like... "Wilkinson's Road Traffic Offences: [currently, the 23rd Ed".]  Over the years, all kinds of 'Unusual Incidents' have been taken to Court.  When judgements are made in some of the higher Courts, they become "Case Law"... and while some Lawyers [specialising in defending wealthy clients for driving offences] will carefully read every ruling... they will pass by completely un-noticed by the general public.
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Now... we wouldn't say that Lawyers tell their clients to make stories up... but, if your client's circumstances can be made to match a Case that has already been decided in one of the higher Courts... a lower Court would have to rule in the same way.  And as one of these well known Lawyer says... all you have to do is come up with a reasonable excuse... cite a precedent... and this turns the tables on the Prosecution.  The burden is then on them to prove that what you are saying is not true... something they may not be prepared for.
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"Wilkinson's Road Traffic Offences, 23rd edition" from Sept. 2007... is a specialist, publication for the Legal profession and costs about 299.  Also now available is a new publication for those who want to try it themselves... "Wilkinson's Road Traffic Referencer 2007" cost = 55 laid out in an easy to understand format.  So, basically... find a scenario that matches yours, exactly... cite the case in Court... and [as long as they believe you] the outcome should be the same.
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One of their most common defences relates to something called "Duress of Circumstances".  This is almost like a 'get-out-of-jail' card for all manner of situations... from speeding... dangerous driving... selfish behaviour... or even an accident.  [It is actually a General Principal of Law that can be called on for just about anything short of Murder!]  Basically... you behaved in the way that you did because you were... "in fear for your safety/life".  Note... not "I was in a hurry, because... had to get to a meeting... was trying to catch my plane"... etc. etc.  [Say that in Court... and you lose!]
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Although these rules are 'open to interpretation'... one of the things it might enable you to do is... exceed a speed limit, in some limited circumstances... i.e. if you were in a life-threatening situation... or in fear of your safety... and you could 'defuse' that situation by 'speeding' away from it... without endangering others.  Then the Law might permit you to exercise that option.  [Of course, you still have to convince the Magistrate that there was a genuine reason... and this was not something you just made up.]
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"Wilkinson's Road Traffic Offences, 23rd edition" reports..."Duress of Circumstances".  The Court of Appeal confirmed that such defences were available for offences such as these, but only... "where a defendant had committed an otherwise unlawful act to avoid imminent peril of danger to life or serious injury to himself or some other person for whom he was responsible.  The evil must be directed towards the defendant or some other person for whom he had responsibility and could be identified by reference to the action threatened.  The evil to be prevented must be greater than the evil done... which should be no more than reasonably necessary to avoid the harm feared".
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Please Note... this is not Legal Advice!  Hopefully this will point you in the right direction... get you thinking... give you some ideas... make sure you're a bit more clued-up before you start talking to a Solicitor: [and at 3 a minute you don't want to be discussing the basics with them!]
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One famous example...
David Beckham was charged with doing 76mph in a 50 Zone and given an 8 month driving ban [points up to 12] but appealed... turned up in Court with his Lawyer [Nick Freeman] who claimed... he was being pursued by a member of the Paparazzi who was... "driving in a very dangerous manner endangering his clients life".  So, as Beckham was driving a high performance car... and there was a stretch of open road ahead... he accelerated away.  Thereby... managing to defuse a dangerous situation... and without putting anyone else at risk.
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Now... we're not saying they're making it all up! but... you would have thought that Beckham might have mentioned this fact to the Police that stopped him... or at his first hearing... [of course, we weren't actually there, so maybe he did?]  But... as his Lawyer says... "put up a reasonable explanation... and let the Prosecution prove it's not true".
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Been tailgated by a Truck?
The following covers a few fairly common scenarios you might experience at some time during your driving career and which might justify a driver exceeding a 'Speed Limit' for a short time. 
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Let's say you were driving down the road and got caught speeding... maybe even pulled over by the Police.  Unless they have been following you... and filming you... they probably won't have any detailed evidence/notes about other vehicles following you.  So, [as long as you haven't already done something stupid, like admitting your Guilt!] it may come down to your word against their notebook.  You say you were being followed by a large truck... and they have nothing that can refute that.
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Single Lane.  Let's say you were driving at 30 in a 30 zone and unexpectedly found yourself being aggressively tailgated by a large truck.  There is nowhere you can pull over without hitting the brakes... which could be very dangerous as the truck has a much longer stopping distance.  You slow down... he tailgates even closer.  You speed up... he speeds up as well... so you have the same situation only it's even more dangerous as you are now both travelling faster.
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So, you wait until you see a bit of open road where you know you can accelerate quickly [well within the capabilities of the vehicle and the driver... no vulnerable road users around, like pedestrians] and put some distance between yourself and the truck.  [If you've ever seen Stephen Spielberg's 1972 movie "Duel"... a rather extreme example... but you'll know what I mean!]  That way you can... pull over... maintain a safe distance... allow another vehicle to pull out, creating a buffer zone, etc.  And if this is done at the right moment... you can defuse a dangerous situation... without putting anyone else at risk.  Something you should be quite within your rights to do.
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Or... you might be travelling along the open road with a 50mph limit... a truck in front and an aggressive tailgating truck behind.  A very dangerous situation for you... one you should try and get out of.  But if you are all travelling right on the speed limit... there is nowhere to pull over... how can you extricate yourself from this situation without exceeding the speed limit?  If you can find a safe stretch of road to overtake... you might be able to get yourself out of danger... without putting anyone else at risk.  [Just remember... "I was in fear for my life"... not "I was in a hurry!"]
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Two Lanes.  Perhaps you are on a duel carriageway and the same situation occurs.  You slow down to let the truck past... but he will not overtake and becomes even more aggressive.  Possibly the driver is feeling aggrieved with you for some reason... or is just trying to intimidate you into driving faster [perhaps, so he doesn't lose his momentum as he approaches a hill.]  So, as with example 1... you conclude that the truck is driving in a very dangerous manner... and the only reasonable course of action is to put some distance between yourself and the truck... by temporarily exceeding the posted maximum speed limit.
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Three lanes or more.  Perhaps you are on the motorway travelling at the speed limit of 70mph and you are surrounded by trucks all doing a similar speed [they may be exceeding their 60mph limit.]  This is an obvious 'danger zone' that you really don't want to be stuck in... especially if one of them is tailgating you.  If anything happened your car could be crushed like a tin can!  So, what are your options?  Perhaps, you can see that there is some open road ahead... so you make the decision to accelerate out of the 'danger zone' and into the safe, open space up ahead... where you can slow down and continue your journey within the speed limit.  Again... this gets you out of a dangerous situation... without endangering anyone else. 
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Imagine this same scenario but it is raining... or has been raining and there is lots of spray being thrown up making visibility almost impossible.  Clearly you are better off if you can extricate yourself from any situation when you are being endangered by large trucks.  A vehicle that was the same size as your own or smaller would offer less justification.  Firstly, because the dangers they pose are less.  Secondly, they might speed up as well... in which case you have created a more dangerous situation... where two cars? bikes? appear to be 'racing' on a Public Highway.
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Speeding Templates.
Clicking on the following links will lead you to one of three very similar "Speeding Templates".  Now... if you were actually involved in one of the following scenarios... where you were exceeding the posted Speed Limit because of "Duress of Circumstances"... you can just copy and paste it into a word processor... fill in your own specific details... [alter and adjust as required]... then print off the page.  [Remember... this is not 'Legal Advice'... if you want that... see a Lawyer.]

Scenario 1.  Given a Speeding Ticket on a single lane road.
Scenario 2.  Given a Speeding Ticket on a dual-carriageway.
Scenario 3.  Given a Speeding Ticket on a Motorway.
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The rules on "Duress of Circumstances" cover all kinds of scenarios... not just Speeding Tickets.  But the basic principles are the clear and specific... i.e.
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1. You were in fear for your safety.
2. The threat was something specific.
3. The risk to others by your actions was minimal.
4. You only did it for as long as was absolutely necessary.
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If you had a scenario where you were on a motorway... all traffic had come to a complete stop... and you had someone with you who had just gone into labour... [had a heart attack... been injured??] and you really needed to get them to a Hospital... then you might decide to use the hard-shoulder.  Now if a Police car saw you... they might pull you over with the intention of giving you a ticket.  But as soon as they realised you were carrying someone in need of urgent medical treatment... they would probably give you an escort instead.  They would have used their common sense... and decided that this was a justifiable course of action in the circumstances.  And this is what you need to keep in mind when you are presenting your case to a Court... were my actions justifiable in the circumstances?
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Another famous example...
In a similar vein... Man. United manager Sir Alex Ferguson was pulled over and given a ticket for this very offence... [using the hard shoulder to by-pass a traffic jam.]  At the time he offered no explanation... but when he turned up in Court with his Lawyer... Nick Freeman, aka "Mr Loophole" [same one as David Beckham] he said he had only done it because he was suffering from diarrhoea and desperately needed to get to a toilet.  When asked why he said nothing about this at the time he said that he was embarrassed because he was a celebrity and feared it might end up in the papers.  Of course... some people might have difficulty believing this, on the basis that... if he was so worried about embarrassing publicity, he probably wouldn't have mentioned it in Court either.  However, the Court accepted his explanation and let him off.
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Road Rage Incident?
This is just a story shown on Television which can demonstrate how the "Duress of Circumstances" law works.  There was a road accident where someone had been driving fast through a Suburb... or Village.  There was a car up ahead of him, slowing down to turn right.  Instead of slowing down the speeding driver pulled out to the right, in order to overtake... going onto the wrong side of the road... passing a traffic island on the wrong side.  He then clipped the car that was turning right... was sent into a sideways spin... his car then flipped over, rolling down the road into the path of oncoming traffic... and hit another car, badly damaging it.  It would seem like a clear case of dangerous driving!
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But the driver said to the Police... that a few minutes earlier, another vehicle had side-swiped his car, smashing his wing-mirror.  The other vehicle... with several occupants on-board... had come after him... tried to "run him off the road"... and someone had been waving a gun, pointing it at him.  He them panicked, and tried to drive to a Police Station.  He said he had only overtaken the turning vehicle because he feared that if he slowed down, they would have come along-side his car and shot him.
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The Police found little or no evidence to suggest that anyone had been after him with a gun and he was charged with 'dangerous driving'.  In Court his Lawyer argued that his client had only behaved the way he did because he was "in fear of his life"... and dragged out the old "Duress of Circumstances" appeal.  The Court accepted the argument that just because the Police had failed to uncover any evidence that another vehicle, and a gun was involved... it didn't mean that there wasn't.  [Further more... even if the Police proved there was no gun... the driver could still claim that he "thought there was a gun"...  and so acted as he did.]  They therefore gave the driver the benefit of the doubt and he was found "Not Guilty".
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Special Reasons.
If the Court does not accept that the situation did not amount to 'Duress of Circumstances' you could still ask them to consider 'Special Reasons'.  In these circumstances they might find you guilty but accept that your behaviour was not unreasonable and impose a lower punishment... or no punishment at all.  The most common 'Special Reason' is that of an emergency.  Perhaps, if you had been caught speeding taking someone to a Hospital... rather than wait for an ambulance... and it turns out the person was not badly injured or ill... they might find that there was a 'Special Reason' as you were not in any position to make a medical assessment of the person you were taking to Hospital.
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The Bottom Line.
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With 'Speeding Tickets' being thrown around like confetti... to anyone and everyone... it's no wonder that so many law-abiding citizens are becoming disillusioned with the present system.  The most serious offenders... those driving illegal vehicles... the ones who should be targeted... are allowed to slip through the net... while they get punished for relatively minor offences.  The Authorities will be quite happy to prosecute you for any technical breach of the law... so why shouldn't you get out of it if they have also made a technical breach of the laws that govern the way they must perform their duties.
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For many people, hitting the 12 point mark can cause major disruption to their lives.  Legal Tips cost you nothing... specialist Legal Information will cost you 10's of 's... Legal Advice from a Solicitor will probably cost you 100's of 's... and Legal Representation in Court will cost you 1,000's of 's.  [Though if you are found 'not guilty' the Court may pay some/all of your legal costs.]  If you can't afford to risk the services of an expensive Lawyer... then you need to start getting clued-up yourself... right now!  Hopefully the following Links will help you find the Information you need at the best possible price...
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Useful Websites.
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We cannot vouch for every website mentioned... these are just a few well known resources on various aspects of this subject.  [If you just start reading you will get to grips with the basics quite quickly.]
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Legal Information... [in ebook form.]
ClickBank - who have over 10,000 different Information products available... covering just about every subject imaginable.
UK Driving Secrets: [UK] - Downloadable ebook written by a Traffic Officer with years of on-the-job experience... it gives Legal tips on all aspects of driving... getting stopped... appealing against various tickets... and taking the fight to Court.
Beat the Wheel Clampers: [UK] - You won't have to argue with the clamping thugs.  And you won't have to fill out lots of complex paperwork.  Just pay the fine as normal, then send off a simple template letter.  Your money will be refunded within a couple of weeks.  [You'll need this info before you get clamped.]
Drink Driving Facts Kit: [UK] - Not that we in any condone Drink-Driving... but if you have been breathalyser and you need some legal advice... this is a good place to start.  Why pay a Lawyer to give you information when you can download all the essential facts for a fraction of the price? [Also gives some interesting facts and figures about Drink-Driving.]
Traffic Ticket Secrets: [USA] - Discover the hidden Loopholes within the Traffic Court System... tells you how to go to Court... what to say... what to ask... says it gives you the best defence... but does not guarantee you will get off.
Beat My Speeding Ticket: [USA] - Dealing with Speeding Tickets issued from Radar: Laser and pacing... claims it can get you out of these kinds of Tickets or your money back!
Beat Any Speeding Ticket: [USA] - claims to have a success rate of about 80%... has more of a website... and can be contacted about your case.
The DUI Process Manual: [USA] - Legal Advice for those who have been breathalyser and are facing a trip to Court... or have already been convicted and want to clean up their driving record.
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Legal Information... [Publishers and Resources.]
HammicksLegal.co.uk - Publishers of Legal books.  The latest editions of "Wilkinson's Road Traffic Offences, 23rd edition [cost = circa 360.00]  This link takes you to the Home page... copy and paste "Wilkinson's Road Traffic Offences" into their Search Box.
Wilkinson's Road Traffic Referencer 2007 - New from Sept. 2007 a copy for those non-legal types who want to give it a go... cost = circa 59... laid out in an easy to understand format... [they say!]
Amazon.co.uk - To find second-hand editions of "Wilkinson's Road Traffic Offences, 22nd edition"... or earlier... [maybe!] should be a fraction of the cost of the newest version... but contains much of the same information.  Or try typing the Title into Google search, to track down an old copy.  [Be warned... if an advert says '2nd Supplement' or just 'Supp'... these are just small books of recent updates and additions... not the books themselves.]
CPS.gov.uk - Crown Prosecution Service.
OPSI.gov.uk - For online publication of Road Traffic Legislation.
Ask the Police.uk - For some advice from a different perspective - ask the Police.
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Legal Websites... [Advice and Representation.]
Keep on Driving.com - Annual membership covering Legal Advice over the phone or at their website.  Set up by Nick Freeman... [aka "Mr Loophole" or "Lawyer to the Stars"] the UK's most high-profile Lawyer for Motoring offences... getting him to personally represent you is likely to cost you about 10,000+
Pepipoo.com - site has quite a bit of basic information... a very active Forum where you can get free advice.  Costs: phone calls = 3 per minute.
Law on the Web.co.uk - Some basic information... sells a DIY manual for going to Court.  Costs: phone call = 40 for 20 minutes.  List of local companies specialising in motoring offences.
Motor Defence Team.co.uk - Specialist private company... no useful information.  Costs: phone call = 50 +VAT for 20 minutes.  Going to a Magistrates Court and pleading "Not Guilty" = circa 1000 +VAT.
Motor Offence.co.uk - Specialist private company... no useful information... no prices.
Speed Camera Info. - Quite a bit of information... links to more detailed info... template letters: [for sale] can contact via email about advice in your specific case: [no prices.]
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Various.
Edequip.co.uk - This U.K. website offers "Chauffeur Insurance".
All Things Auto.co.uk - As above... price range: 52.50 - 226.80 p.a.
The Automobile Association. - For a road atlas of Britain showing fixed camera locations.
PhotoBlocker - USA - Reflective spray that makes number plates difficult to photograph, for the US market... also delivers Worldwide.
PhotoBlocker - UK - Same as above, but specifically for the British market.
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Sat-Nav and Detectors...
There is a huge range of Sat-Nav and Detector equipment with various functions and price range... your personal circumstances will dictate which is the best kind of equipment for your needs... perhaps a basic detector will do... or for the frequent overseas traveller... perhaps something more like the Dell Axim x51... a personal organiser with Internet Access and Sat-Nav covering 20 European Countries... drive around with it mounted on the dash... or walk around city streets with it in your pocket.
In-Car Gadgets The Carphone Warehouse
Speedtraps UK. PC World
Road Angel GPS. Halfords.
Snooper. Dell GB
RoadPilot.
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Technical Information...
Speed Check.co.uk - Database of fixed camera locations.
Speed Cameras UK.com - Database of fixed camera locations.
Speed Camera Map.co.uk - Map of the country showing camera sites.
SafeSpeed.org.uk - All the latest news about Speed Cameras and related issues.
Speed Trap.co.uk - Information about speeding issues and the equipment used.
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