Driver slapped with five speeding tickets in 14 minutes on same road escapes ban

A motorist successfully argued his way out of a driving ban despite being caught speeding five times in 14 minutes on a stretch of road.

Darrel Chapman had been on his way to a friend’s house when he passed an average speed camera at 50mph.

Thinking the road was a 40mph zone he slowed to 39mph.

But as it had a 30mph limit he received a ticket for every camera he passed.

Mr Chapman paid £100 for a speed awareness course for the first ticket, but decided to contest the remaining tickets in court – where he faced 12 points and a huge fine, Devon Live reported.

The magistrate decided to consider all four offences as one, leaving him with six points and a £465 fine.

He said: “When I got the first ticket I kicked myself and thought I should have realised.

“I gave myself a bit of a kick and then over the next couple of days I kept getting more and more of them and I thought, ‘Christ almighty, what’s going on here?”

“I think the first one I went into a bit fast. I thought it was a 40mph zone but I think I got clocked on the first camera doing 50mph. That was the first one I received a ticket for in the post and to be fair, at the time I just thought, ‘That’s my own stupid fault’.

“But after the first camera that’s when you start seeing signs for average speed cameras. That’s when I slowed down to 39mph thinking it was a 40mph zone but it was actually 30mph.

“I did that for the rest of the way and picked up another four tickets and that’s what annoyed me really. Because they’re average speed cameras you expect to maybe get one ticket but not five.

“I argued it was one journey and it allowed the magistrates to use their own discretion when making the judgement.

“I was still frustrated with myself for not realising but also angry because I’d managed to get five tickets in such a short stretch of road.

“In my opinion, I don’t think the original punishment meets the crime, so to speak.”

Speaking after the court hearing over the incidents he said: “I’m glad that the people in the court made the decision they did. They could have rejected my case and dealt with it as four separate offences.

“I could have been banned and fined for each ticket so it could have been much, much worse. But it’s still not good because I’m not what you’d call a high wager, I earn OK money but like everyone, it’s a bill you could do without.”

Now he hopes his story will encourage those in the same position as him to challenge their tickets in court.

He added: “I would just tell people to be extremely careful.

“I thought it was a bit excessive and I’d have been looking at a fine for each one too. That’s why I decided to take it to court.

“I thought it can’t just be me, there must be other people who have had this happen to them and they try to put you off from going to court and my reason for speaking out was to tell people if you go to court you do have a chance.

“You can get a bit of common sense out of the court, rather than just accepting it.”