Lecturer receives lesson in speeding
A Sheffield University lecturer asked a court to disqualify him from driving rather than imposing penalty points, after he admitted travelling at more than 10mph above a limit.
Sheffield Magistrates Court heard how Dr Ramesh was caught speeding by a mobile speed camera at 41mph in a 30mph zone on Halifax Road, Sheffield.
He originally denied the offence, instructing an expert to cast doubt on the checks made by the camera operator, claiming the distance at which the car had been measured did not match the distance on Google Earth, the court was told.
But a survey of the site by a prosecution expert confirmed the ‘error’ was with Google Earth, not the laser, leaving Dr Ramesh with no choice but to change his plea to guilty on the morning of the trial.
Dr Ramesh has held a UK driving licence for less than two years and already had three penalty points for an earlier speeding conviction. Under the rules for new drivers, anyone accumulating more than six points after passing their test has their licence revoked and must retake their test.
He urged the court to disqualify him from driving rather than award any further penalty points in the hope that it would protect his licence. But passing sentence, the District Judge told Dr Ramesh that she was not prepared to disqualify him just because it would be an advantage to him. She ordered a further three points be added to his licence and left the question of its revocation to DVLA. He was also ordered to pay costs of £3392 and fined £375.
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