Man jailed after middle finger salute to speed camera
G’day, Chuck here.
Tell me, cobbers, what are your thoughts on speed cameras? Do you see a need for ‘em? Do you begrudgingly accept their existence? Do you outright hate the f**ken things enough to dedicate eight months of your life to her majesty’s pleasure?
Timothy Hill sure does. In a bizarre court case from Pommyland, the 67-year-old speed demon and company director has found himself exchanging three-piece suits for prison slacks thanks to his habit of raising his middle finger at any speed camera he passed.
You see, Timothy, who thought he was in the clear, thanks to his laser jammer, is one of the unfortunates who’ve been made an example of. The judges over there in the motherland reckon they need to send a message to others like him who ‘pervert the course of justice’ with their flagrant refusal to follow the rules.
I’d love to say Mr Hill has really copped the wrong end of the stick here, but you can’t say he wasn’t asking for trouble.
I don’t think many of us go past a speed camera without thinking the cops should be catching ‘real’ criminals instead of raising revenue. I mean, sure, there’s a need for them, but whether that need is located at the bottom of a hill, behind the jacaranda tree, right before the speed limit climbs by 20kms an hour is debatable.
But then again, it’s not that hard to back off the accelerator while you drive the old dunny-door past the bloody thing and then re-plant the foot. Old Mr Hill was seeing the cheeky f**kers, maintaining full-speed and then blasting digitus infamous down the lens. It’s a little bit over the top by any stretch of the imagination.
No wonder the traffic cop said, “If you want to attract our attention, repeatedly gesturing at police camera vans with your middle finger while you’re driving a distinctive car fitted with a laser jammer is an excellent way to do it.”
“It’s also an excellent way to end up in prison.
“As Hill’s case shows, perverting the course of justice is a very serious charge which carries a custodial sentence.
“It’s our job to keep road users safe across all 6,000 miles of North Yorkshire’s roads. Mobile safety camera vans are an important tool to do that – they are proven to reduce collisions and they help save lives.”
Final Thought: It’s a bit hard to put too much sh** on Pommyland’s justice system because without it there wouldn’t be an Ozzyman, but while we need the cops to police reckless driving, eight months in the slammer’s probably a bit rich for what amounts to an act of immaturity. Surely a hefty fine and some community service would have got the same message across – and saved the taxpayers some dollarydoos!