Stockton councillor who campaigned for speed cameras on a busy road is banned after speeding in same place

Darlington Road, in Stockton

Darlington Road, in Stockton

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A FORMER council leader who campaigned to have speed cameras installed on a busy road was today (DEC 4) disqualified from driving after being caught speeding in the same place.

Councillor Ken Lupton, the former leader of Stockton Borough Council who also ran for the role of Cleveland Police and Crime Commissioner in November’s elections, was driving his BMW with personalised number plates along Darlington Road in Stockton on May 29 when he was caught going 35mph in a 30mph zone.

The councillor, who pleaded guilty but claimed there were mitigating circumstances when he appeared at Teesside Magistrate’s Court, said it was “ironic” he had been caught speeding on Darlington Road.

He said: “Ironically, I had just put out a news letter to residents outlining the fact that we were asking for cameras to be put in Darlington Road because of excessive speed there.”

In mitigation, he said that he had been driving over the speed limit because his 91-year-old father, who suffers from dementia, had been found wandering in the streets by a neighbour and his mother could not be contacted.

According to Coun Lupton, she had recently suffered a number of falls and he became concerned when she could not be reached.

He said he believed he had been responding to an emergency and added: “My parents are both 91, elderly and frail and I am their main carer. My father has dementia and in the past 12 months he has wandered a number of times, requiring police to find him. It would be very difficult for me to carry out that caring role if I lost my licence.”

Due to already having nine points on his licence, Coun Lupton, 66, was handed a six month driving ban under totting up rules.

He said: “I am disappointed. I hoped they would take into account my exceptional circumstances with being a carer for my elderly parents but I have to accept the judgement of the courts.”

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5:05pm Tue 4 Dec 12

frankyboy says...

On the one hand, I have little sympathy as he was trying to get cameras installed to hit others, so he should suffer as much if not more than most. But more camera's in Stockton - don't the police target motorists enough around there?

On the other hand, being banned for doing 35mph in a 30mph zone seems a bit harsh, even if it was the final 3 points to make it up to 12.
On the one hand, I have little sympathy as he was trying to get cameras installed to hit others, so he should suffer as much if not more than most. But more camera's in Stockton - don't the police target motorists enough around there? On the other hand, being banned for doing 35mph in a 30mph zone seems a bit harsh, even if it was the final 3 points to make it up to 12. frankyboy
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9:53am Wed 5 Dec 12

ST1100 says...

That may have explained those 3 points but what about the other 9?
Sorry NO sympathy, exceeding the 20,30,40 or 50mph is a lot worse and puts more people in danger (pedestrians) than speeding in an NSL limit.
That may have explained those 3 points but what about the other 9? Sorry NO sympathy, exceeding the 20,30,40 or 50mph is a lot worse and puts more people in danger (pedestrians) than speeding in an NSL limit. ST1100
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6:03pm Tue 11 Dec 12

Idris Francis says...

Cllr Lupton's speed cameras will have caused far more danger that he would if he drove at 35mph on that road every day.

Anyone who believes the ludicrous claims for speed camera benefit would do well to read www.fightbackwithfac
ts.com which exposes the incompetent analysis, vested interests and downright lies behind the speed camera industry and how fatality trends have been far worse in the speed camera era than ever before other than during the black-out and the Blitz.
Cllr Lupton's speed cameras will have caused far more danger that he would if he drove at 35mph on that road every day. Anyone who believes the ludicrous claims for speed camera benefit would do well to read www.fightbackwithfac ts.com which exposes the incompetent analysis, vested interests and downright lies behind the speed camera industry and how fatality trends have been far worse in the speed camera era than ever before other than during the black-out and the Blitz. Idris Francis
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