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Drivers sharing speed trap locations on Facebook could face £1,000 fine

Drivers sharing speed trap locations on Facebook could face £1,000 fine
A policeman using a hand held speed gun (Picture: E+/Getty)
A policeman using a hand held speed gun (Picture: E+/Getty)

Drivers who post the locations of mobile speed traps on social media may find themselves handed a fine of up to £1,000.

Warning other motorists of the presence of a police speed van could put individuals in breach of section 89 of the Police Act 1997.

The law states it’s an offence to ‘wilfully obstruct a constable in the execution of his/her duty’.

It reads: ‘Any person who resists or wilfully obstructs a constable in the execution of his duty, or a person assisting a constable in the execution of his duty, shall be guilty of an offence and liable on summary conviction to imprisonment for a term not exceeding one month or to a fine not exceeding level 3 on the standard scale, or to both.’

In times gone by, that could mean flashing lights to warn other motorists. But in today’s connected world, several groups have sprung up on Facebook to allow motorists to share locations of possible speed traps.

Anyone posting there to warn other motorists could find themselves falling foul of the law. Which carries with it the possibility of a fine of up to £1,000.

Dedicated traffic pages are becoming more popular on Facebook and Twitter as road users share updates with local people about congestion, delays or even police speed vans.