Driving ban for speed jamming device


22 October 2010 – Speed camera jammer banned

Jamie Shreeve, 21, of Caister, near Great Yarmouth was handed a 30-day driving ban on Wednesday after he was stopped by police and caught red-handed using the sophisticated hi-tech device.

The conviction was not for a driving offence, it was for obstructing the police, and the law was not really tested as the driver pleaded guilty. He was not convicted for speeding.

Shreeve’s benchmark ban was welcomed by two road traffic police officers who have been spearheading a crackdown on hi-tech speeders. The jammers are fixed to the outside of cars and wired up under the dashboard with an on-off switch. Sgt Geoff Bowers and Pc Chris Harris only became aware of them when they stopped a high-powered, turbo-charged Porsche 911 on the A47 in Norfolk in March. The two road traffic police officers have since come across dozens of the gadgets, costing up to £500 and sold on the internet as ‘parking sensors’.

Apparently there are other drivers waiting to go to court.

Sgt Bowers said: “This is the first case in Norfolk in which a motorist has been banned from driving for using a laser jamming device. “I’m extremely pleased with this result, which shows that the courts are taking these offences seriously.” He added: “People using laser jamming devices have no regard for speed limits and, therefore, put themselves and other road users in danger.”I hope this sentence acts as a warning to other drivers considering fitting such devices to their vehicles.”

Shreeve admitted the wilful obstruction of a police officer.

The prosecution agreed to drop a second charge of exceeding the 70mph speed limit.

Gary Mayle, prosecuting, said Sgt Bowers was conducting speed checks from the bridge over the A47 on October 2 when he noticed a black Vauxhall Astra appearing to be topping 70mph. When the officer pointed his speed gun at the car, the device failed to supply a speed reading. Sgt Bowers radioed officers to stop the Astra. They examined the car and found the sensor on the front and the other elements of the laser jammer, including wiring under the dashboard and an on-off switch inside. The police officers seized the vehicle and removed the laser jammer.

Shreeve said he had paid £200 for the device and fitted it himself. The offshore worker said he had done it to safeguard his job as his company did not tolerate employees being prosecuted for speeding.

Mr Mayle asked magistrates to impose a driving ban. Annette Hall, defending, told Great Yarmouth magistrates: “This device is not illegal to sell and not illegal to purchase and that is clearly an area that needs to be looked at.”There are numerous devices like these to be found on the internet that can be set up as a parking sensor as well.”

She added: “He accepts that because he had it switched on, he was wilfully obstructing the police officer.”

Fining Shreeve £100 with £85 costs in addition to the ban, magistrates said it was a “premeditated deliberate action to avoid detection for speeding”.

You might be interested in an article about radar detector detectors. Yes, that’s a device which can sense a radar detection device. Have a read at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radar_detector_detector