Guys Block Speed Camera After Getting A Ticket
If you've ever been snapped for a speeding ticket, you'll know how annoying it is. Most just move on, pay the fine and try not to get caught again.
Not all of us, though. In fact, Chris Welford was so incensed when he was slapped with a fine for speeding five years ago that when he saw a speed camera set up on the same stretch of road he blocked it by parking in front of it and opening his boot.
Twenty-three-year-old Chris had some time on his hands so he decided that he would park his BMW, blocking the camera on Cleveland Police's mobile van in Skelton, North Yorkshire.
The image of him leaning against his car while blocking the camera has since gone viral for his actions, with loads of people branding him a hero online.
Credit: Facebook/Chris Welford
He stood on the roadside for an hour, as passing motorists beeped their horns in appreciation.
He told the Gazette Live: "I've been caught there in the past and just thought I would try and annoy them a little bit.
"When I saw the van I just thought to myself I had a spare few hours and nothing better to do, so why not?
"People have been loving it - one person got in touch and said 'Not all heroes wear capes'.
Even though fellow road users seemed to appreciate the gesture, the police were less impressed and paid Chris a visit to tell him he could have been charged with harassment.
Although, Chris claims that police at the scene left him to it: "At one point an unmarked police car came past with two officers inside but they just looked at me and kept driving.
"There was at least one officer in the car but he just ignored me." Before adding that 'everyone else' seemed to support him.
He went on to tell the paper that he didn't believe the road was an 'area of concern'. He added: "There was a school there years ago but that was knocked down so I don't think there is a real need for them to be there, which made it more satisfying."
However, police inspector Harry Simpson disagrees, he told the Gazette: "It is an unpleasant sight to come across the severed limbs of victims and then take on the task of informing families of these victims that their loved one is in a serious condition in hospital - or even worse.
"Those who do not agree with speed enforcement will no doubt speed themselves."
Collecting speeding fines like footy stickers
While getting caught by a speed camera is something that will happen to most drivers at some point, other people have turned it into an art form.
Steven Holman, 41, ended up losing his licence and subsequently his job as a taxi driver, after being caught FOURTEEN times by the same camera in just two months. Fucking hell.
Steven with his taxi licence. Credit: SWNS
"My driving has always been good. I'm a professional driver for ten years," he said in court earlier this year.
"Due to the situation that this has put me in I've lost my job. I'm self-employed.
"My car broke down in October and I've been unable to get any financial backing to get my car back on the road.
"Most of the time I drive with the flow of traffic.
"I don't believe I was travelling at speeds in excess of the limit, but I have to accept that."
After being slapped with a £355 fine, he was also given three points per offence, meaning he racked up 42 in one sitting. Steven is now banned from driving for one year.
He claims that the camera is disguised as a set of traffic lights and that he's been duped by 'entrapment'.
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