Traffic police chief did 104mph
The police chief in charge of traffic in Greater Manchester
has been caught speeding along a motorway at 104mph.
Assistant Chief Constable Steve Thomas was fined £450
and given six penalty points by North Staffordshire magistrates on Thursday.
He said he sincerely regretted his "error of judgement",
but had thought he was driving safely at the time.
Mr Thomas said he remained committed to reducing the number
of traffic accidents caused by speeding
Magistrates heard that Mr Thomas had been clocked doing
104mph on the M6 Toll road near Birmingham.
After appearing in court,
he defended his actions on the day.
In a statement he said:
"On the day in question, the driving and road conditions were good,
and I was part of a group of around 15 cars all doing around the same speed.
"I considered that my manner of driving was safe.
However, exceeding the speed limit by this amount is unacceptable
and I sincerely regret my error of judgement.
"Excessive speed is a contributory factor in many road traffic incidents
and it's everyone's duty to drive safely and at a reasonable speed at all times."
He added: "I remain committed to reducing the number of
serious road traffic accidents that occur in Greater Trauma and bereavement
A GMP spokesman confirmed:
"Assistant Chief Constable Thomas has responsibility for traffic issues at GMP
and those responsibilities will remain."
As well as being in charge of roads policing, Mr Thomas is head of
divisional policing in Greater Manchester.
A spokesman for anti-speeding campaigners, Brake, said:
"Driving at excessive speeds like this greatly increases the chance of a car crash.
"Someone in Mr Thomas' position, who has seen at first hand
the consequences of speeding, should know better."
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Assistant Chief Constable Steve Thomas said.
"I considered that my manner of driving was safe"