Driver produced fake image to try and
avoid speeding fine

06.07.2016

Road Safety Support assisted in the case of a driver who produced a fake picture of a speed limit sign in attempt to avoid a speeding fine.

Bristol Crown Court heard how Christopher Hewitt claimed variable speed limit signs had been set at 60mph when he was clocked by a speed camera at 58mph in a 50mph zone on the M5 in September 2014.

He returned to the same road six months later and took an image of the signs showing a 60mph limit and produced it as evidence, claiming it had been taken at the time of the offence.

As members of Road Safety Support (RSS), Avon and Somerset Police were entitled to expert legal support with the case. The RSS legal team examined the image and noticed it was taken six months after the offence took place. They then carried out a full metadata analysis of the photograph, which proved beyond doubt that the image submitted by Hewitt was bogus.

Hewitt (47), finally pleaded guilty to perverting the course of justice and was given an eight month prison sentence, suspended for two years.

At the hearing on June 3 he was also fined £220 for speeding, ordered to pay £1,200 court costs and told he must carry out 170 hours of unpaid work.

Sentencing, Judge Michael Roach told him: "You used that photograph for an utterly bogus reason and that was to get out of a simple offence of speeding.
"There was no other reason for it." 

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