Drivers who post images of speed cameras on Facebook and Twitter could face £1,000 fine

Drivers who post images of speed cameras on Facebook and Twitter could face £1,000 fine


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Experts at Formula One Autocentre have warned informing others of cameras could be considered conveying a message for road users which is against the law. It could also be argued identifying cameras will change people’s natural driving habits down a road such as lowering their speed or changing their journeys.

In theory, this could also be considered obstructing an officer in the execution of duty which could see drivers liable for fines.

Demand for Facebook community traffic groups has surged in recent years with almost all towns and cities posting photos of bad parking, inconsiderate drivers and images of new speed cameras.

However, many are not aware how a couple of simple images can see drivers issued heavy charges.

Road users can also be issued penalties for warning drivers whilst behind the wheel through flashing their headlights or beeping their horn.

Formula One Autocentres said drivers could face a £1,000 on the spot penalty for the office if they are stopped and questioned about their actions.

They said: “The Highway Code says you should only flash your headlights to let other road users know that you are there.

“Do not flash your headlights to convey any other message or intimidate other road users.

“So, if you get caught flashing your headlights to warn other drivers of a speed camera, and you get seen by a passing police car then you could face an on the spot fine of £1,000.

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“However, the section 89 of the Police Act 1996 also states that any person who resists or wilfully obstructs a constable in the execution of his duty is guilty of an offence.

“Meaning that even warning other drivers of speed cameras off-road could land you with a charge and a fine!”

Experts at Go Safe – Wales’ road casualty reduction partnership – warned flashing drivers or those warning others of speed cameras can be considered “police obstruction”.

However, speaking to, they confirmed courts would consider a range of factors before issuing a penalty.

They said: “Flashing other motorists can amount to police obstruction.

“To get a charge of police obstruction, a court would consider: Was there any obstruction of a constable?

“Was the constable acting lawfully in the execution of their duty?

“Was the obstruction intentional?”

It has been revealed drivers could still get away with flashing another driver if officers cannot determine a motorists intentions behind the wheel.

Ex-police officer and Go Safe Casualty Reduction Officer Gareth Thomas said identifying those who have flashed to warn other drivers can be hard to prove.

He said: “It doesn’t bother me that people flash to warn them of the speed van.

“I just want to educate people and the van to act as a speed deterrent.”

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