Crawley Man's Speeding Conviction

Speed camera Fleming Way

A man from Crawley has been caught out after trying to avoid a safety camera.

Philip Clegg pleaded guilty at Crawley Magistrates' Court on 13 September to dangerous driving after being clocked doing 75mph in a bus lane on the wrong side of the road on 8 June.  The speed limit on Fleming Way, Crawley, is 30mph.  

Clegg, of Ifield Road, was sentenced on 17 September and was ordered to do 200 hours unpaid work and disqualified from driving for 12 months. After this time he will have to do an extended test before he can drive again.  The 18-year-old has also been order to pay £85 costs.

Inspector Andy Judson of the Sussex Police Road Policing Unit said "Driving on the wrong side of the road, in a bus lane, and at speeds far outside of the 30mph restriction, is clearly dangerous.

"Despite the penalties imposed by the court, I believe Mr Clegg is incredibly lucky. His dangerous actions could so easily have cost not only his own life, but those of other innocent road users.

"I hope that this case clearly demonstrates that the tactics used by Mr Clegg to avoid prosecution do not work. "

Ken Seymour, manager of the Sussex Safer Roads Partnership said: “The punishment handed down in this case is an example of how seriously the courts take this sort of reckless and dangerous driving.

“Safety cameras are there to save lives.”