Roger More, a 44 year-old motorist from Plymstock in Devon, has admitted faking CCTV images in order to avoid a speeding fine. He filmed his car on his driveway to prove he wasn't speeding at the time. However, he was caught out by the shadows on his fake footage.
But you don't have to go to these lengths to avoid a speeding fine.
FilmThe Daily Mail reported that Moore had been driving a garage courtesy car on February 22 last year. On his way back to the garage to return the car, he was snapped by a speed camera.
Plymouth Crown Court was told that he later filmed footage of his own car on his driveway - which was doctored in an effort to claim it had been taken at the time of the speeding offence. Moore then claimed that the footage proved he had already dropped the courtesy car off - so it must have been someone from the garage who was speeding.
However, a police officer tasked with investigating was struck by the shadows on the footage. On further investigation it emerged that it could not have been filmed in February, and that it must have been filmed in late spring or early summer.
Moore has admitted acting with intent to pervert the course of justice. He will be sentenced in January.
Don't do it!But you don't have to go to these lengths in order to avoid a speeding fine. As we reported last month, increasingly you may be offered the chance to go on a speed awareness course instead - where you can lean more about safer driving.
In addition, if you have been given a ticket which you think you don't deserve, you have every right to contest it. And if you think the camera is faulty, you can ask for proof that it has been calibrated in the last year.
There are plenty of things you can do to reduce your chances of getting a ticket. And if the worst comes to the worst you'll have to face the fact that you were speeding and you were caught - so you really ought to pay the price - because the easiest way to avoid a speeding fine is not to speed at all.
But what do you think? Are speeding fines fair? Would you do anything to try to avoid paying? Let us know in the comments.