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http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/uk-wo ... -19918269/

Scientist Uses Own Gadget To Escape Speeding Fine

Oct 9 2007 By Mark Mcgivern

Boffin Beats Rap With Own Device

A SCIENTIST escaped a speeding fine after a hi-tech system he devised appeared to prove a police speed camera wrong.

Dr Phillip Tann insisted he was driving at exactly 29.177196mph after being clocked at 42mph in a 30mph zone.

After his case was dropped he said the ruling could open the floodgates for others to challenge the laser cameras.

He said yesterday: "The cameras are not 100 per cent accurate, but my system is."

Dr Tann's system, which he likened to a plane's black box recorder, measures data every half metre and works out speeds using simple maths.

It can be installed on a mobile phone, and records the location and speed of the handset on a computer database.

The 45-year-old technology firmboss, from South Shields, was driving through Sunderland collecting data in November last year when he was spotted by a police mobile speed camera.

He received a letter and fine from Northumbria Police and decided to challenge it through the courts.

He said: "The system I was testing is more accurate than anything else on the market.

"It said I was only doing 29.177196mph at that time."

Northumbria Police insisted the camera reading was accurate and said the case - which was to be called at Sunderland Magistrates' Court - was discontinued for "administrative reasons".

But Paul Smith, founder of speed camera critics SafeSpeed.org.uk, called on the Home Office to withdraw laser speed guns immediately.

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