U.K. man spends three years, $47,000 fighting $165 speeding ticket
|driving.ca 16 Sep 2019 at 11:33|
A British man is dedicated to fighting the system after receiving a £100 ($165) speeding ticket he believes was wrongly issued, throwing more than $45,000 at the cause so far.
Richard Keedwell, 71, received a fine for traveling 57 km/h in a 50 km/h zone in November of 2016, while Christmas shopping with his wife.
“I never saw the flash of the camera and I certainly didn’t feel like I was doing faster than [50 km/h],” Keedwell, of Bristol, told The Telegraph. “I was incredibly annoyed when I got the fine through the post.”
Richard is a former RAF electronics specialist, and says the only reason he got a ticket was because of the “double Doppler effect,” wherein a speed camera receives two different signals due to the radio waves bouncing off of a second car and then onto his own, causing it to trigger the camera. Although, allegedly, neither car travelling through the intersection exceeded 50 km/h, the camera was triggered.
According to The Telegraph , Richard is also an expert witness, and claims he has used this argument in court before. In 2015, he successfully used it to show a van driver was wrongly ticketed for doing 137 km/h in a 50-km/h zone due to the double Doppler effect.
Unfortunately for Keedwell, his arguments aren’t working so well in his pursuing his own case. Even worse, legal fees are not cheap, and in fighting for his rights and the rights of motorists, he’s racked up £22,000 ($36,212) in lawyers’ invoices across three hearings, even dipping into a fund set aside for his children’s inheritance to cover the costs.
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“But when you start looking into this, you realize that it’s more about them getting money than road safety,” Keedwell reasons, believing British motorists are being “steamrolled” by the system.
Richard has since paid the ticket, but still has £6,700 ($11,028) in additional legal fees to settle as he decides whether or not to launch yet another appeal.
“Ordinary working people like me are getting done over by the system,” he says. “I have not been listened to and there has not been any justice in this case.”