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17/10/2021

Ever wanted to tell a speed van it got your speed wrong? This is what happened to a Naas man who did.

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A Naas man claimed that a speed van got his speed wrong after he got a €80 fine in the post.
Motorist Ken North of Kilmeague was charged in Naas District Court of travelling at 133kmh in a 120kmh zone on the M7 at Oberstown in November last year.
However the operator of the speed van appeared in court and insisted that he correctly recorded the speed on Mr North's then 12-year-old car.
But Mr North, who pleaded not guilty to the speeding charge, gave evidence that the speed van's calibration equipment was wrong.
He said: "I had cruise control in the car set at 120kmh and therefore I couldn't have been travelling at 133kmh."
However the speed van operator Francis McDermott produced a certificate to confirm that the calibration of his equipment was fully checked in April.
But Judge Desmond Zaidan accepted the state's case and fined Mr North €500 under the Road Traffic Act.

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