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Cowbit speed camera catches same driver 5 times in 26 days




A man speeding five times in 26 days at Cowbit fears he will lose his licence and job.

The driver, who asked not to be named, is speaking out because he believes others will be caught by cameras that “look” both ways.

He spends his working life driving and was caught - without knowing - for the first time on April 23.

Pete Williams beside the old and new cameras at Cowbit.
Pete Williams beside the old and new cameras at Cowbit.

Only when he received a letter about a week ago for the April 23 offence did he discover he had five offences up to May 18.

The camera is in a 30mph limit on Barrier Bank and the driver says he was caught while accelerating to leave the restriction.

His top speed was 40mph, while the rest were under that, but each carries a £100 fine and three penalty points.

Drivers can be banned once they have 12 points on their licence and the man already has three.

Friend Pete Williams, landlord of Spalding’s Punchbowl pub, is adamant no one should speed through Cowbit.

But he does believe drivers should be made aware of the reach of the cameras as they drive towards Spalding, and accuses authorities of using them as cash cows.

“These cameras are not put in places to stop accidents,” said Pete. “They are put in places to take money.”

John Siddle, from Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership, said: “We cannot discuss specific incidents however, any offence is processed and analysed to make sure the offence has actually been committed and there are no errors or faults with the equipment.

“He clearly admits to you that he has exceeded the speed limit by accelerating to 40mph whilst still in the 30mph zone.

“Any fine, including those from speed cameras, goes to the Treasury not LCC (Lincolnshire County Council).”



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