A Leicestershire woman has been ordered to pay £2,400 after she was found guilty of speeding in a rural Northamptonshire village.
Northampton Magistrates Court heard that Sabrina McClumpha, a professional event rider, had been driving a Renault car on the A5199 in Thornby on November 10, 2014, when it was detected at 39mph in a 30mph zone by a mobile speed camera.
The 25-year-old, from Leicester, admitted to being the driver of the car, but her father Ian McClumpha, a retired police officer, began writing numerous letters to Northamptonshire Police on her behalf challenging the offence. The court heard he made claims that the camera was inaccurate, the site was unsuitable, the signage was obscured and that the camera had not been operated properly.
Northamptonshire Police contacted experts at Road Safety Support (RSS) for assistance with the case. The force was entitled to expert advice from legal advisers, which includes Crown Prosecution Service lawyer, Andrew Perry, one of the UK's most experienced road traffic prosecutors. Steve Langdon, RSS's Legal Manager, provided an expert report on the case and, using road markings, was also able to confirm the vehicle's speed as 39mph.
Steve visited the site and carried out a series of checks confirming that the speed limit was lawful. He also gave evidence confirming the device had been set up and used correctly, the site used was suitable and the signage was in order.
When questioned by Andrew Perry, prosecuting, Miss McClumpha’s father, who gave evidence on her behalf, claimed that his daughter was speeding but the detection had not been 'fair' and the site not suitable due to operator error.
Convicting Miss McClumpha at the trial on October 28, 2015, the court fined her £180 with a £20 victim surcharge and placed three penalty points on her licence. She was also ordered to pay costs totaling £2,200.