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Police Convict Michael Thompson For Warning Drivers To Obey The Law

by | 5th, January 2011

MICHAEL Thompson is 64. Only July 21, 2010, he was motoring on the A46 in Grimsby. He spotted a police speed trap. A policewoman with a speed gun was by the roadside. (Insert sexist joke about cash cow her, if you dare.) The Daily Mail says he has been…

“…convicted of a criminal offence for flashing his headlights at oncoming motorists to warn them of a police speed trap ahead.”

Mr Thompson is pulled over. What occurred next seems a little confused. But Mr Thompson seems to have challenged the police. And they never like that. The report says that an officer told Mr Thompson:

“I was going to let you off with a caution – but I’m not now.”

If true, that is arbitrary justice.

The matter went to Grimsby Magistrates’ Court. There he was fined £175, ordered to pay £250 costs and a £15 victims’ surcharge for preventing a policewoman from doing her duty.

He maintains :

“It is not an offence to warn people of a possible speed trap because of the danger involved with vehicles braking quite hard.”

But if they weren’t speeding, they would have no need to break hard. Although, as with all accidents, it is the stopping rather than the going

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