Man Jailed After Giving Speed Camera The Finger From Range Rover
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Some people have an irrational hatred towards speed cameras, whether it's because they stop them getting home two minutes earlier for their tea or prevent them from not being able to wear a seat belt.
But, they're really not that bad guys. They're just around to try and keep everyone safer, honestly.
This businessman obviously didn't get the memo. It's pretty clear he really, really, really doesn't like the sneaky little things.
Timothy Hill, a company director, even fitted a laser jammer to his flashy white Range Rover so that nobody would realise whose car it was - and smugly flipped the bird as he passed.
That's dedication at it's finest really. But it didn't pan out brilliantly for the 67-year-old because he's now serving an eight month sentence after he admitted perverting the course of justice. Ouch.
Teeside Crown Court heard that he was caught after driving past mobile speed camera vans in North Yorkshire three times in December - gesturing to the camera with his middle finger each and every time.
But when Hill found out he was being investigated he threw the jammer into a river behind his home in Grassington, North Yorkshire. Sure, that'll make it go away.
Unfortunately for Hill, police tracked him down anyway after examining the photographs and he told officers it couldn't have been him because he was 60 miles away.
However, after being interviewed he admitted he had a jammer and was the driver flashing the finger at the mobile speed vans.
The judge, who jailed Hill for eight months, said such actions 'strike at the heart' of the justice system and his sentence must act as a deterrent to others.
Traffic cops were unable to ascertain his speed but charged him with perverting the course of justice.
Speaking after the course case, Traffic Constable Andrew Forth said: "If you want to attract our attention, repeatedly gesturing at police camera vans with your middle finger while you're driving a distinctive car fitted with a laser jammer is an excellent way to do it.
"It's also an excellent way to end up in prison.
"As Hill's case shows, perverting the course of justice is a very serious charge which carries a custodial sentence.
"It's our job to keep road users safe across all 6,000 miles of North Yorkshire's roads. Mobile safety camera vans are an important tool to do that - they are proven to reduce collisions and they help save lives.
"Drivers who fit laser jammers may mistakenly feel smug about 'getting one over' on the police. But we can tell if motorists are using these devices, and we will always endeavour to bring them to justice."
Let this be a lesson learned, kids. Don't swear at speed cameras, they'll find you. Don't do a Timothy.