Dale Lyle got a speeding ticket in the mail issued by one of those automatic ticketing cameras. It claimed he was doing 98MPH in his 14-year old Honda Civic, a car he insted could only do 85MPH max on a downhill slope with a tailwind. So what did he do? He did something ballsy but stupid.
Mr Lyle, 21, who has a clean driving license, had already sold the car to a friend for £600. He had to take out a bank overdraft to buy it back. Then he had to pay an independent driving expert £�0 to test the 1.3litre Civic's top speed at a circuit in Bedfordshire.The result was as expected. Even when driven flat-out, the Honda could still only do a top speed of 85.4mph in fourth gear and 81.3mph in fifth.Next, Mr Lyle obtained the mobile speed-camera footage of his alleged offence - travelling at 98mph on a 70mph three-lane carriageway of the A38, near Plymouth, on December 13, 2007.The three-minute film shows three other cars in the frame at the same time, he said, which he believes means his vehicle was mistaken for another.
Now its just a mple matter of making the court give you back all the money you spent (yeah right). That was an expenve point Dale was trying to make.
I probably would have just paid the fines and then shot the camera with a pellet gun.