Man Gets Jail Time for Giving Using Illegal Laser Jammer on Speed Cameras and Giving Them the Finger

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Most drivers aren’t fans of speed cameras, but few go to the lengths that Timothy Hill, a 67-year-old company director, is willing to go to in an attempt to avoid tickets. Hill installed an illegal laser jammer in hopes of defeating the cameras, often blowing past them while giving them the finger. But his plan wasn’t foolproof.

Hill’s antics led to an investigation. He was spotted on three separate occasions, driving past the speed cameras in his Range Rover while giving the device the finger.

Local law enforcement looked into the incidents, and Hill was eventually identified.

“If you want to attract our attention, repeatedly gesturing at police camera vans with your middle finger while you’re driving a distinct car fitted with a laser jammer is an excellent way to do it,” said North Yorkshire’s head of traffic enforcement, Traffic Constable Andrew Forth.

“It’s also an excellent way to end up in prison.”

Hill, a UK native, was charged with perverting the course of justice by using the illegal jammer to avoid speeding tickets.

Initially, Hill denied any wrongdoing but later confessed to tossing the jammer into a river in an attempt to avoid prosecution.

He pleaded guilty to the charge but did manage to avoid any speeding tickets, as local law enforcement could not ascertain how fast he was actually driving, according to a report by Fox News.

Hill was sentenced to eight months behind bars, and the judge hopes Hill’s punishment will act as a deterrent to others who attempt to avoid being ticketed by the speed cameras.

“As Hill’s case shows, perverting the course of justice is a very serious charge while carries a custodial sentence,” said Forth.

“It’s our job to keep rod users safe across all 6,000 miles of North Yorkshire’s roads,” Forth added. “Mobile safety camera vans are an important tool to do that – they are proven to reduce collisions and they help save lives.”

“Drivers who fit laser jammers may mistakenly feel smug about ‘getting one over’ on the police,” Forth continued. “But we can tell if motorists are using these devices, and we will always endeavor to bring them to justice.”