I was fined for speeding on roadworks – but there was no one at work… it’s wrong and I want justice
A grandpa who was fined for driving past construction sites when nobody was working on the site says he will seek “justice” in court.
Anthony Martindale has been caught speeding twice in one day on the A55 in Wales – but says the fines are not fair.
Anthony Martindale says he wants “justice” after being caught speeding twice in a single day[/caption]
The 63-year-old, who lives in Manchester, fell foul average speed cameras at Gwynedd on February 6th.
Due to a lane narrowing during the construction work, the top speed was reduced from 110 km/h to 40 km/h.
But Mr. Martindale was caught at 46mph and 50mph on the way, The Daily Post reports.
Since then he has been fighting to have the fines imposed be lifted.
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He also wants any other driver fined for speeding on the track to be relieved of their fine as well.
“It’s about the principle. I needed justice,” he told the newspaper.
Mr Martindale says he drove on a Sunday when there was no construction going on, meaning there was no threat to workers.
He has since lobbied MPs and the police, and written letters to the Department for Transport and the Welsh Government.
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He also filed a freedom of information request, which found 815 drivers were caught too fast on the same track over six weekends.
No fines were issued on February 19 or 20 because temporary signs were removed during Storm Franklin.
“If it was safe enough to remove signs during a severe weather warning to allow traffic to return to normal speeds of 110km/h, then surely the ‘narrow lanes’ excuse can no longer be used as a reason to fine motorists? ” he said.
“Why wasn’t it safe when I was driving 46 mph and 50 mph under normal conditions?”
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The father of four was traveling to live with his elderly father, who lives alone, when he was caught.
He admits his campaign has had little sympathy from local drivers, who say warning signs are clearly visible and highway crews can’t change roadworks for weekends.
The grandfather was snapped on the west-bound A55 in Wales, where road works are ongoing and average speed cameras are in place[/caption]
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