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British Man Spends Children's Inheritance To Fight £100 Speeding Fine

Written By Ruchit Rastogi | Mumbai | Published:

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  • Richard Keedwell, has lost a lot to the system after he nearly spent GBP 30000 of his children's¬†inheritance money challenging an unjust ¬£100 speeding fine
  • Richard hired the services of someone by the name of Tim Farrow who was an expert in electronics and radar
  • Mr Keedwell said that he never saw the speed cam producing a flash that would have indicated his over speeding

A 71-year-old Britisher from Yate in Bristol, Richard Keedwell, has lost a lot to the system after he nearly spent GBP 30,000 of his children's inheritance money challenging an unjust £100 speeding fine issued against him in November 2016. He was penalized for driving at a speed of 35.5 mph in a zone that had a limit of 30 mph when he was out shopping with his wife during Christmas time. Keedwell was so sure that he was not over speeding that he spent 2 and a half years of his life appearing in court 7 times to fight the unjust fine issued to him by the West Mercia Police department. 

The "Double doppler" effect

Richard hired the services of someone by the name of Tim Farrow who was an expert in electronics and radar who looked at the alleged images that caught him overspeeding and said that Richard might have been penalized because of a technical glitch known as the "Double doppler".

The double doppler effect happens when the malfunctioning camera accidentally shifts on a different vehicle moving in the same direction and as there is a difference in distance between the two cars, the speed camera records the speed of the second vehicle as faster than the permissible limit. 

Rather than paying the £100 fine, Keedwell, went ahead with his first appeal to challenge the wrong fine that led to 6 more court hearings up to August 2019 that billed him roughly £22,000. 

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Mr Keedwell said that he never saw the speed cam producing a flash that would have indicated his over speeding. He further added that the post which had the fine ticket really annoyed him but he was sure that the person he hired is sure about what is going on and that the reading is false. 

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A flawed system

He also added that when someone starts to dig deep into this issue, they realize that is all about fleecing money than ensuring road safety. People like him have got no justice till now and are still fighting against the wrongdoing by the government. 
Keedwells's three sons will now lose their inheritance money of £30,000 and in reference to that, the Britisher has said that he regrets losing so much money but it was necessary to challenge the flawed system to let people know of the wrongdoings.

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