Driver fined for speed trap warning

A driver prosecuted for flashing his lights at other road users to warn them about a police speed trap has claimed he was trying to prevent them from braking dangerously - a cause of many a

The prosecution of a driver who flashed his lights at other road users to warn them about a police speed trap has been defended by authorities.

Police pulled Michael Thompson over in Grimsby, north-east Lincolnshire, last July after flashing at oncoming cars to tip them off about a speed gun used by officers.

The Grimsby man was fined £175 and ordered to pay £250 costs after being charged with wilfully obstructing an officer and subsequently found guilty at Grimsby Magistrates' Court.

Thompson claimed he was merely trying to warn motorists to prevent them braking dangerously when they saw the speed trap, and the Crown Proscution Service has been widely criticised for the decision to bring charges.

But a CPS spokeswoman said: "Cost is not a consideration in our decision to prosecute. When a file is provided to the CPS from the police, it is our duty to decide whether it presents a realistic prospect of conviction and whether a prosecution is in the public interest.

"In accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors a prosecution was deemed appropriate."

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