South Yorkshire speed demons targeted over court dodges

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drivers who tried to dodge speeding fines by providing false details have been snared in a police operation.

Operation Obstruct, led by the South Yorkshire Safety Camera Partnership, identifies repeat offenders and those who provide false or incorrect information.

It has caught a number of drivers and led to appearances in court where they were handed jail sentences, fines and community service.

Chief Inspector Stuart Walne, head of roads policing for South Yorkshire, said: “The enquiry team is at the cutting edge of speed enforcement and, in targeting repeat offenders and drivers who are prepared to provide false details, they provide an essential role. All offences are monitored and action will always be taken in cases where incorrect information is supplied.

“If a driver thinks they can get away with a speeding offence they should think again.”

The operation snared a Rotherham man who was jailed for five months and banned from driving for five years after messaging on Facebook for someone to take his speeding points in return for £250 cash.

Scott Woodburn, aged 32, of Hill Crest Road, Rotherham, who admitted perverting the course of justice, had been caught breaking the speed limit on the A61 Halifax Road in Sheffield in November 2011.

Daniel Baggaley, aged 26, of Vikinglea Drive, Manor, Sheffield, who took Woodburn up on his offer, was handed an 11-week jail term, suspended for a year, and a 12 month supervision order, after admitting the same charge.

Another Sheffield man found guilty of perverting the course of justice was jailed for 28 days – he said someone else had been driving, but had actually found someone else’s driving licence from which he copied details to try to avoid a fine.

And a taxi driver was sentenced to six months in prison, suspended for a year, fined £300 and ordered to carry out 250 hours of community service after falsely nominating another person as the driver of a speeding offence.

If people are found to have given false information, court action can be taken for perjury. Offenders may face criminal prosecution and therefore could receive a larger fine or even a prison sentence.