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No excuse for speeding

Drivers try to avoid speeding tickets Photo: ITV Meridian

Dorset police have released a list of unique excuses given by drivers for why they should avoid getting a penalty points. Between January and March of this year the Roads Policing Team dealt with 4,067 driving offences including speeding, driving while using a mobile and not wearing a seat belt.

  • A man in Poole was stopped for using his mobile phone while driving. He stated the obvious, as he said: “Well I wouldn’t have used my mobile if I knew there were policemen in an unmarked car behind me."

  • A woman in the Purbecks denied to officers that she was using her mobile phone while driving. She said that she was eating a prawn cracker and she didn’t have a phone with her. She provided her mobile number to the officer when asked. The officer rang the number and unsurprisingly, the woman’s phone rang in the car. The lady immediately apologised and offered the officer a prawn cracker. She was issued with a ticket accordingly.

  • A driver caught doing more than 50mph in Bridport apologised to officers because "he thought it was only a 40mph zone".

  • A driver stopped in Poole travelling at 50 mph in a 40 mph zone said: “I’m on my way to an eyesight test and didn’t see the speed limit sign.”

  • One lady stopped travelling at 44 mph on Littlemoor Road in Weymouth said that she was just keeping up with the flow of traffic. She changed her defence when the officer pointed out that she was the only car on the road.

  • A young man was stopped by officers on Chickerell Road in Weymouth for riding his motorcycle at 42 mph. He thought it was unfair that the police positioned themselves at the bottom of a hill because his bike goes faster downhill.

  • A driver was stopped in Swanage for not wearing his seatbelt. When questioned by officers he said he wasn't wearing one because "his wife was always going on at him about it". He then claimed that it "took a long time for the news about the seat belt laws to sink in". The seat belt act was introduced 30 years ago in 1982.

  • A woman was stopped in Bournemouth for driving at 42 mph in a 30 zone. The officer discovered that she had only got her licence back since September 2011 after completing a 6 month ban for driving offences and after she received 12 points on her license. Her only comment to officers was: “The use of the laser in an unmarked car to catch people is criminal.” Since completing her ban she has gained 3 extra points on her license and has a further 2 speeding offences pending prosecution.