February 22, 2004 at 2:03 pm #8604XV16Participant
I know someone who followed the guidelines below and won.
Tell them you can’t remember who was driving at the time. First request the photographs as this may show the driver clearly enough to be recognised. If this still does not clarify who the driver was, then you should write and inform the police that you have reviewed the photographs and still are unable to work out who was driving.
In 2001, Head of Middlesbrough CID, Detective Superintendent Adrian Roberts, appealed against a fixed penalty notice that he had received for allegedly doing 35 in a 30 zone. Detective Superintendent Roberts, 36, was filmed driving at 35mph in a 30mph zone and a fixed penalty notice was sent to his home. He took the notice to the head of the force’s administration of justice department and told him he couldn’t remember if he’d been driving at the time. Superintendent Graham Cummings decided to scrap the ticket after ruling the photographic evidence was inconclusive.
As the Police are not above the law – you should be treated in the same manner. So if you can’t recall who was driving and the photographs don’t show the driver then a letter should get it dropped.
If it does not then another letter detailing the case of Detective Superintendent Adrian Roberts and requesting why his was dropped and yours was not, should bring about a result, if this does not, ask them why you should take the blame for someone else’s behaviour and remind them we still live in a country where you are innocent until proven guilty.
Most prosecutions for speeding are based on the offender admitting their guilt when returning the NIP, if everyone was to question the allegations the system would eventually grind to halt.
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