A woman who attempted to get out of paying a speeding fine by casting doubt on the accuracy of the mobile camera in a Northamptonshire village has been left with a court bill of £2,400.
Northampton Magistrates’ Court heard that Sabrina McClumpha had been driving a Renault car on the A5199 in Thornby on November 10, 2014, when it was detected at 39mph in a 30mph zone by a mobile speed camera.
The 25-year-old, from Leicester, admitted to being the driver of the car, but her father Ian McClumpha, a retired police officer, began writing numerous letters to Northamptonshire Police on her behalf challenging the offence.
The court heard he made claims that the camera was inaccurate, the site was unsuitable, the signage was obscured and that the camera had not been operated properly.
Northamptonshire Police contacted Road Safety Support (RSS) for assistance with the case.
As RSS members, the force was entitled to expert advice from RSS’s legal team, which includes Crown Prosecution Service lawyer, Andrew Perry, one of the UK’s most experienced road traffic prosecutors.
Steve Langdon, RSS’s Legal Manager, provided an expert report on the case and, using road markings, was also able to confirm the vehicle’s speed as 39mph.
Steve visited the site and carried out a series of checks confirming that the speed limit was lawful.
He also gave evidence confirming the device had been set up and used correctly, the site used was suitable and the signage was in order.
When questioned by Andrew Perry, prosecuting, Miss McClumpha’s father, who gave evidence on her behalf, claimed that his daughter was speeding but the detection had not been ‘fair’ and the site not suitable due operator error.
McClumpha was convicted of speeding after a trial at Northampton Magistrates’ Court on October 28. She was fined £180 and must pay a £20 victim surcharge as well as costs totalling £2,200. She also received three penalty points on her licence.