North Wales drivers who give Facebook warnings about speed cameras could land in big troubleson dakika haberler
Motorists risk face huge fines if they try to alert others about police speed traps Drivers in North Wales are being warned they face a fine of up to £1,000 if they use social media to highlight the locations of mobile speed cameras. In the same way that ...
Drivers in North Wales are being warned they face a fine of up to £1,000 if they use social media to highlight the locations of mobile speed cameras. In the same way that people can be prosecuted for flashing their lights to alert fellow motorists, posting warnings on Facebook and Twitter can be deemed a criminal offence.
In recent years, it has become increasingly common for users to point out locations of police vans monitoring speeds at the side of the road. Last week a Gwynedd motorist took to Facebook to warn a van was operating near Abersoch and was advised by other users to take it down - he also posted a photo of the speed trap he'd taken while driving, potentially another driving offence.
North Wales Police (NWP) said drivers who alert others to a police speed trap could be in breach of section 89 of the Police Act 1997, designed to penalise anyone who “wilfully obstructs” a constable in the execution of his or her duty. Breaking this law can also lead to up to one month in prison.
A spokesperson for the NWP road policing unit said: “Publicising the locations of speed traps hampers the good work that staff and officers do to reduce speeding motorists, which is one of the “Fatal Five” offences. Motorists could be prosecuted if they are caught warning other drivers on the road for any speed trap.”
In practice, police may take a considered view of the offence given that the rough locations of mobile speed cameras are often publicised in advance. Police partner GoSafe works across North Wales to keep an eye on roads where speeding is a known issue or where people have been killed or injured in the past.
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