For several weeks I thought I’d got away with it, but then the dreaded brown envelope appeared. The ticket had first been sent to Mercedes, whose car I was driving at the time, hence the reason it took so long to make its way down to Hove.
And so there it was, in black and white. I’d been snapped doing 81mph, which meant my licence, then clean, was about to get a small black mark upon it. But then a thought occurred – that maybe I could take one of those safety-awareness course things, given that the speed I’d been nabbed at wasn’t actually that catastrophic?
So I googled Sussex Roads Police policy and found the Safer Roads in Sussex website, which gives specific details about the various speed parameters and what they mean in terms of prosecution.
Turns out that the policy in Sussex means they don’t pinch you until 80mph on a 70mph road, so I was just one measly mile per hour into the red zone. The good news was that at such a speed I should be offered the course, which means I should be able to keep my licence clean for a mere £85.
The letter offering me the course arrived just this morning, and I’ve already signed up for it. I can’t say I’m looking forward to spending four hours in a classroom of like-minded crims on a Saturday morning in March, but if it keeps the black mark off my licence, I don’t care. And maybe I’ll learn something in the process as well.
More on that in weeks to come, but in the meantime; have any of you been on a similar course? If so, what are they like? And do you think it’s right or wrong to be able to swerve a prosecution by taking a slap on the wrist in the first place?