W**ker van driver charged for not being in control of his vehicle
A van driver who made a wanker sign at a police officer with a speed gun has been fined for not being in control of his vehicle.
Michael Carrick, 27, was also fined for speeding because he was driving at 58mph when he should have been doing 50mph.
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In the letter he was told that he was also driving without a seatbelt and ‘not being in full control of a vehicle near Bishop Auckland, County Durham.
Michael said: ‘It was a brief moment of stupidity though it is all a bit over the top. I did see the camera but I didn’t think I’d been done.
‘I suppose I saw it at the last minute – then I get a letter through the post two weeks later. They said I was speeding and also that I wasn’t in proper control of my vehicle.
‘It was a w***er I was calling them. It was all very harsh.’
Michael was caught doing 58 in a national speed limit zone – which drops from 60mph for cars, to 50mph for vans – because he didn’t realise the lane had shifted from a dual to a single carriageway in August.
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He then shared the post on social media in an attempt to raise awareness that vans can only do 50mph on a single lane national speed limit road.
A North Yorkshire Police spokesperson said: ‘North Yorkshire Police’s fleet of mobile safety cameras are deployed to sites where there is a history of speed-related collisions,
‘Where the local community have raised concerns about speeding in their neighbourhood, and to routes where drivers or motorcyclists have been killed or seriously injured.
‘They also detect other offences such as the illegal use of mobile phones and seat belt offences.
‘Road safety is a major priority for North Yorkshire Police and its partners.
‘Safety cameras are part of a range of tactics – from enforcement to education – that we use to help us in our commitment to protect all road users and keep our roads as safe as possible.’