Fuel Card News Motoring Updates: Motorists fined for warning other drivers of police speed traps
Lancashire Police is fining drivers who warn oncoming motorists of speed traps for ‘misuse of headlights’.
During an anti-speeding campaign, the Lancashire Police issued 23 tickets for breaking the limit and a further 20 tickets for ‘misuse of headlights’.
Lancashire traffic officer, PC Antony Gray, has defended the fines, insisting that warning other motorists of a speed trap was ‘a dangerous practice.’
“Potentially they are putting lives at risk,” he said.
“Flashing your lights at someone may make them slow down for a second, but it will not make them change their habits.
“Speeding motorists need to be spoken to so they will seriously consider their irresponsible driving.”
However, critics have called this practice a money-making exercise that will damage public support for the police.
A spokesman for the AA said: “'I think it is a legal and moral minefield.
“If someone is shoplifting and someone else tells them a store detective is about is that aiding and abetting or stopping them stealing?”
Sean Corker, from the Drivers' Alliance, argued: "If the outcome is drivers slow down, I don't see how they can fine others for doing this.”
In other news, a report commissioned by Experian AutoCheck has found 88 percent of cars sold privately are not fit for use on the road.
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