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UK's most senior traffic policeman who led cruasde against speeding...banned for doing 90mph


Daily Mail, at 22:16pm on 5th December 2007

As the head of roads policing in the UK, Chief Constable Meredydd Hughes led a relentless crusade against speeding drivers.

He supported the expansion of speed cameras across the country and called for tougher sentences for drivers involved in accidents.

But yesterday the Chief Constable of South Yorkshire was branded "the worst kind of hypocrite" after he was banned from driving for speeding.

Meredydd Hughes: He has stepped down from his roads role

'Traffic Police Taliban' fine EIGHT times more speeding drivers than 10 years ago

He admitted driving at 90mph on a 60mph country road in North Wales while returning from a climbing holiday.

Road safety groups blasted him for preaching one message while practising the opposite.

Paul Smith of said: "Speed enforcement has become a ridiculous obsession to the severe detriment of far more important aspects of road safety. He is the worst kind of hypocrite.

"He has failed to practice what he has preached. This is incredible, mindnumbing hypocrisy from the most senior advocate of speed controls."

Brigitte Chaudhry, of Roadpeace, added: "There is never an excuse for such high speed. Speed kills and he should know that."

Self-styled Captain Gatso of Motorists Against Detection said: "You couldn't make it up. Talk about being hoist by your

"After all the hectoring lectures about speed from the police, this happens."

Mr Hughes was appointed head of roads policing for the Association of Chief Police Officers two years ago.

Yesterday ACPO confirmed that he had stood down from the role "to concentrate on other things".

Meredydd Hughes: Disqualified for 42 days

Wrexham Magistrates heard Mr Hughes was clocked by a police constable travelling 30mph over the speed limit on the A5 near Chirk.

They banned him for 42 days, fined him £300 and ordered him to pay £35 costs and £15 to victim support.

Mr Hughes did not appear in court.

But outside his solicitor Huw Edwards read out a statement, which said: "I recognise this is a significant breach of road traffic law and I have apologised not only to the court but also to my colleagues in North Wales Police.

"I was on a short climbing holiday and had left in the early morning.

"The weather was good and the road surface was dry and there was minimal traffic.

"There is never an excuse for bad driving and I should have paid more attention to my speed.

"I have held a full driving licence for more than 30 years and I have received two fixed penalty notices that have expired.

"I remain convinced that safety cameras and speed enforcement are vital and continue to support these activities, as well as other vital law enforcement activities around drink and drug driving, mobile phone use and poor driver behaviour.

"I have stated that drivers prosfirmedfor speeding should plead guilty rather than exploit processes or spurious attacks on technology and I am proud to have at least lived up to that belief and accepted I was guilty."

Mr Hughes was awarded the Queen's Police Medal in 2006.

A spokesman for South Yorkshire Police said: "We will continue to focus, under the leadership of the chief constable, on the issues that concern people - and that is maintaining the reduction in all major categories of crime."


• North Wales is already notorious as the police force which hands out the most speeding fines.

Now figures shown the number of drivers penalised by the force has risen eight-fold in seven years.

In 1997, the number of motorists fined was 9,146, but by 2005 that figure had soared to 74,484.

During the same period, figures for Merseyside rose from 11,808 to 18,411 while in Gwent they fell from 5,263 to just 506.

Campaigners opposed to the proliferation of speed cameras criticised North Wales Police.

Hugh Bladon, of the Association of British Drivers, said: "It is nothing to do with making our roads safer.

"I don't believe there are 204 people a day driving badly in North Wales."

But Essi Ahari, of the Arrive Alive campaign in North Wales, said: "Every death on the road costs the economy £1.6million, so we have saved millions of pounds."

Nationally the number of fines for speeding has almost trebled from 700,000 a year to more than 1.9million in the same period.

Earlier this year it was revealed that the North Wales force has issued the most fines per head of population.

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