Crackdown on speed camera cheats
October 27, 2009
Seven people have been arrested following a major crackdown against speed camera cheats in Nelson and Burnley.
The arrest phase of Operation Amethyst follows a joint investigation into people suspected of offloading the blame for speed camera offences.
Seven men - six from Nelson and one from Burnley - were arrested on suspicion of attempting to pervert the course of justice.
Over 50 police officers from across the county were involved in the operation yesterday morning which was run by Lancashire Constabulary and the Lancashire Partnership for Road Safety.
Detective Chief Inspector Ian Critchley said: "Operation Amethyst should demonstrate our determination to take firm action against anyone suspected of dishonestly avoiding liability for speed camera offences.
"This is not only a local issue but a national one which Lancashire Constabulary takes very seriously. Motorists should be aware that passing speed camera endorsements to another person is a serious criminal offence and anyone found to be breaking the law in this way will dealt with robustly.
"We will continue to work with the Lancashire Partnership for Road safety to investigate matters of this nature and will be carrying out similar operations in the future."
Said Linda Sanderson, Communications Manager for Lancashire Partnership for Road Safety: "Speed limits are enforced for the very good reason of reducing the chances of a crash that injures or kills. Drivers that break the limit and try to evade the penalty need to understand that the evidence against them is usually very clear and their actions will land them in court."
Anyone with information or suspects someone is involved in this type of crime should contact police on 0845 1 25 35 45 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111