Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Say What?

UK Speed Camera Tickets Non-Speeding Protester
Annoyed by defiant gesture, speed camera issues ticket to non-speeding driver.

His defiant gesture was a “V-sign.” Now, when Churchill used the very same sign during WWII its meaning was “Victory.” Now it’s a sign of disrespect? And this to an inanimate camera! These bobbies and the court that supported their complaint deserve half-a V-sign and no more.

It’s short so here is the entire story:
A UK court on Monday severely penalized a motorist for the crime of showing disrespect to a mobile speed camera van. The device had photographed Sean Toehill, 21, driving 22 MPH in a 40 MPH zone but police became enraged when they noticed he had given the camera a "V-sign." Officers were dispatched to his home two days later to present charges which the Cupar Sheriff Court in Fife, Scotland upheld on Monday. The court suspended Toehill's right to drive for a year and imposed a £90 (US $160) fine.

"I can't believe that speed cameras can be used in this way," Toehill, a North Sea oil worker, told the London Telegraph. "I thought they were to catch speeding drivers."

Toehill plans to appeal the ruling.

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