Sunday, 15 March 2015
Man has been jailed for six months after trying to avoid paying for speeding tickets
Martin Whitworth from Wythall, Birmingham, A man has been jailed for six months after trying to avoid paying for speeding tickets.
He was issued with a speeding ticket after driving through a safety camera at 64 mph in a temporary 50 mph speed limit on the M5 in August last year.
Upon receiving the notice in the post he told police that someone must have stolen or cloned his registration plates.
Thinking he had got away with it he tried the ruse again when he sped through a West Midlands camera in Shirley on 18 August.
However enforcement officers became suspicious after investigations revealed that the theft had never been reported and after viewing the photographic evidence they were convinced that the man in the image was the registered keeper.
In a bid to clear up the confusion the 46-year-old was asked to visit the station to speak to the enforcement officers. Knowing that the police were on to him he panicked and reported his plates as stolen to cover up his actions.When interviewed where he admitted that he was the driver and had fabricated the lies in a bid to avoid the penalty points and fines.
Whitworth was jailed at Birmingham Crown Court on Monday 2 March after pleading guilty to perverting the course of justice and two counts of excess speed.
PC Jason Dooley, from the Camera Enforcement Unit, said: “This should be a cautionary tale for anyone thinking of trying to avoid speeding tickets.
“The man spun a web of lies and tried to wriggle out of paying for the fines, thinking he could evade the police.
“What he did not count on was that we would investigate the offense fully.
“If Whitworth had taken the points he would have been out of pocket for a short time but now he will have a conviction that will always be with him.”