Drivers who use social media to warn other vehicles of mobile speed cameras risk a month in prison or a fine of up to £1,000. Using social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook to inform others, according to the police, is a criminal offence that can result in a hefty fine or punishment.
A motorist in Wales revealed the location of a speed camera van on Facebook, prompting a warning from North Wales Police. Other users asked him to remove it since he had posted a photo of a speed trap he had passed while driving, which was another potential driving offence.
Drivers who tip others into a police speed trap may be breaking section 89 of the Police Act 1997, according to North Wales Police. Section 89 states: "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 (£1,000) on the standard scale, or to both."
But don’t worry, not all hope is lost, as the approximate location of speed camera vans is frequently publicised in advance, and police may exercise their discretion in deciding whether to prosecute a case.
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