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South Yorkshire Motorists Duped By Fake Signs

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A number of drivers in South Yorkshire found themselves issued with speeding fines after a series of false 40mph signs were erected in a 30mph zone. One disgruntled driver contacted the council and the signs were finally removed, having tormented unwitting motorists for three days.

Police claimed not to know how many drivers were duped by the signs, but caught many speeders in the zone, thanks to a mobile camera set up in a van nearby. However, police forces are obliged to ensure the road limit is correctly and clearly displayed in any area where speed enforcement measures are to take place. Fake but realistic looking traffic signs can be found for sale online for only £21.

The ABD (Association of British Drivers) has urged the South Yorkshire police to revoke any fines and penalty points issued to motorists as a result of the fraudulent signage and blamed the police for failing to verify that the signs in the area were accurate.

However, a recent survey by insurance provider, Allianz, has discovered that the public's attitude towards speeding has softened and the offence appears to be becoming more socially acceptable. Seventy five per cent of survey respondents saw no problem with exceeding speed limits by 5mph. A third claimed that penalties for speeding in a 20mph zone shouldn't be applied until drivers were caught at 30mph or more, even though this speed limit is usually applied to protect vulnerable road users around schools and hospitals.

The three most commonly given excuses for speeding included the road being clear ahead, having allowed the needle to rise gradually and running late. Motorways were given as the roads where speeding was most likely to occur, by 65% of motorists questioned, and 59% of drivers admitted to becoming frustrated when following other motorists who determinedly stick to the speed limit.

Despite attitudes appearing to soften in general, UK drivers still approve of limits being used to control speed. A third of those questioned supported the idea of using speed awareness courses as a penalty for speeding and three quarters would like to see stiffer penalties for more serious offences. A third also supported the prospect of speed limiters being fitted to new cars. One in four of drivers involved in the poll claimed to have had personal experience of an accident with excess speed as a defining feature.

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