Driver defeats speeding ticket with tape measure.

David Erasmus mamaged to overturn the case against him by showing the road markings were around three inches too short.



A driver who was sent a ticket for speeding past a primary school successfully defeated the case using only a tape measure.
David Erasmus, 55, was stunned when told he had been photographed travelling at 36mph in a 30 zone, and decided to defend himself in court.
Certain there had been a mistake, he visited the scene of the alleged crime where he noticed the white road markings, used to measure speed, seemed short.
Taking out his tape measure, he found the markings were actually around three inches shorter than standard.
During his trial, Mr Erasmus, of Hendy, near Llanelli, west Wales, was able to convice Llanelli Magistrates Court that the shorter lines made it appear he was going faster than he actually was.

His case has now been formally dismissed.
The decision could open the door for hundreds of other drivers who may have been wrongly convicted of speeding. Others may even have lost their licences due to faulty readings.
After the hearing, Mr Erasmus said: “The lines were three inches short, which is a big difference. It will impact on other drivers.
“It was worth challenging it as I got it to court and the case was dismissed.”
A spokesman for GoSafe, which is responsible for speed camera enforcement in Wales, said it would look closely at the evidence in the case.
“The camera and secondary check marks on the A4138 has been fully type approved by the Home Office and the secondary check marks in particular, meet the required tolerance.
“The outcome of the case is a matter for the Magistrates Courts, however, we are keen to understand the circumstances and will review the case in due course.”
John McEvoy, Carmarthenshire Council’s transport manager, said: “The markings referred to will be measured by our team this week to confirm the interval measurements reported to the court and, if necessary, amended.'”

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