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Speed Camera Catches Ford Focus Going 702km/h In A 70 Zone

Speed Camera Catches Ford Focus Going 702km/h In A 70 Zone

A faulty speed camera in Italy has dished out a fine for a driver allegedly clocking the fastest speed from a commercial vehicle.

The motorist would have been shocked to see that the camera was claiming they had been caught driving 702km/h (437 mph) in a 70 zone.

The funniest part of the fine was that the driver was in a Ford Focus.

The person was greeted with a fine of 10 points and €863.60 ($1,400 AUD) as well as a pat on the back for breaking a land speed record.

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Credit: PA
Credit: PA

Clearly the speed camera suffered a little glitch as the base level Ford Focus can only reach speeds of 210 km/h (which is still pretty quick for the little nugget).

Since going viral on social media, people are blaming police for not checking the fine before it was sent out in the mail.

No doubt it gave the motorist a shock of their lives to see the penalty amount as well as how fast they were allegedly going.

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Credit: PA
Credit: PA

Giovanni Strologo of the Comitato per il rispetto del Codice della Strada (which roughly translates as 'highways compliancy committee') posted a photo of the fine onto Facebook and said: "This driver is a madman unleashed perhaps even with a missile he would not be able to go at 703 km/h.

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"The municipal police command has responsibilities to check the reports they send.

"Now I advise the offender to appeal since the fine will have to pay it, and you will not accept the cancellation in self-defence. The GDP will receive adequate compensation for the damage suffered."

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It was recently revealed just how above over the speed limit you have to travel before you'll receive a fine (hint: it's probably a little lower than 702km/h).

Results on the Freedom of Information requests on speed cameras. Source: Auto Express
Results on the Freedom of Information requests on speed cameras. Source: Auto Express

We're not here to condone speeding and we're certainly not encouraging dangerous driving.

What we do understand, however, is that sometimes your attention can be focused elsewhere when you're in your motor, and you may subsequently go a tad too fast. Alternatively, you might be in an area you've never been to before, meaning that you're not all too familiar with the local speed limit.

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Well, good news - tolerances for speed cameras used by police forces across the UK have been disclosed thanks to Auto Express.

A Freedom of Information request was submitted to each of the 45 police forces regarding information on their 3,224 speed cameras.

As you may be able to see in the table above, the majority of forces said that their cameras only recognise a speeder when they exceed the limit by 10 percent plus an additional two miles per hour.

This means that the cameras won't snap you until you're driving at 35mph in a 30mph zone, or 79mph on a 70mph stretch.

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Stewart Perrie

Stewart Perrie is a Trending Journalist at LADbible. His first job was as a newsreader and journalist at the award winning Sydney radio station, Macquarie Radio. He was solely responsible for the content broadcast on multiple stations across Australia when the MH17, Germanwings and AirAsia disasters unfolded. Stewart has covered the conflict in Syria for LADbible, interviewing a doctor on the front line, and has contributed to the hugely successful UOKM8 campaign.