Justice for UK motorists today as South Yorkshire Police Chief Constable Meredydd Hughes, the official in charge of proposing rules and regulations for traffic policing across England, has lost his right to drive for the next 42 days.
His lawyer offered Hughes’ guilty plea to the charge of driving 90 MPH in a 60 zone (145km/h in a 95k zone). A police speed camera photographed Hughes while he was off-duty driving his Audi A8 sedan.
Hughes has long been the voice behind the speed camera campaigns in the UK, arguing that speeding by any amount is reckless and will be punished, but 50km/h over the limit is a little extreme!
“Were you driving safely Mr Hughes? If you were, then you have been lying to us about the importance of sticking to the speed limit, we don’t believe for a single second that Mr Hughes was driving dangerously and he must now tell us the truth about the role of speed limits in road safety.” UK group Safe Speed’s Paul Smith asked Mr Hughes.
Mr Hughes has been punished by being stripped of his current position and put in charge of ACPO’s security planning efforts for the 2012 Olympic games. We found this video that better explains why UK motorists should be angry at the hypocrisy that Mr Hughes has shown.