Drivers face £1,000 fine for warning others about speed camera locations

Drivers have been warned they could be fined £1,000 if they are caught sharing speed camera locations online.

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Much like drivers who flash their lights to let other motorists know there are speed cameras ahead, posting their location on social media can also be classed as a criminal offence.

Social media posts highlighting camera whereabouts have become very popular in recent years.

However, drivers warning other people about the police speed traps are actually potentially breaching section 89 of the Police Act 1997. A law that has been designed to penalise people who “wilfully obstructs” a constable in the execution of his or her duty.

A spokesperson for the NWP road policing unit said: “Publicising the locations of speed traps hampers the good work that staff and officers do to reduce speeding motorists, which is one of the “Fatal Five” offences.

‘’Motorists could be prosecuted if they are caught warning other drivers on the road for any speed trap.” 

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