Hi Lifehacker, I just received a 3-point speeding fine after being caught by a camera going 14kmh over the speed limit. The 80 suddenly changes to 70 at this area and has a lot of traffic, so it’s easy to miss the sign even when concentrating. If it’s a roadside camera, is it possible to challenge the fine if there are other vehicles in the picture? I’ve read these cameras are vulnerable to mistakes. Thanks, Picture This
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We don’t fancy your chances on this one. It’s your responsibility as a motorist to watch out for road signs regardless of traffic conditions. Being distracted by other vehicles isn’t a good enough excuse for failing to adhere to the posted speed limit.
For your argument to hold any water, you’d need to prove that the sign was completely obscured by traffic; a feat that’s virtually impossible. Even if you submit the roadside camera’s image as evidence, the different vantage point is unlikely to prove much of anything (other than the fact you were speeding).
The only way it would be potentially useful is if a semitrailer or other large vehicle was directly in front of your car. Otherwise, you’re just asking the court to take your word for it that you couldn’t see the sign.
In any event, you were technically still speeding even if it was a 70 zone (albeit by only 4kmh). Generally, the court doesn’t look too favouably on motorists who attempt to swap one fine for a lesser one. This could result in having to pay court costs and an offender levy in addition to the original fine.
Our advice is to take this one on the chin. It sucks when you get busted doing the wrong thing by accident, but them’s the “brakes”.
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