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Drivers face £1,000 fine or a month in JAIL under little-known speed camera rule

DRIVERS have been warned that they could face a £1,000 fine or a month in JAIL for breaking a little-known speed camera rule.

People who use social media to warn other drivers about the location of speed camera traps are actually breaking the law.

Warning other drivers about police speed vans could result in a fine

Warning other drivers about police speed vans could result in a fineCredit: Getty

North Wales Police today warned if you warn others about police speed vans you could be in breach of section 89 of the Police Act 1997.

Breaking Section 89 of the Police Act 1997 can also lead to up to one month in prison.

Some of the section reads: “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 on the standard scale, or to both.”

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A spokesperson for the NWP road policing unit said: “Publicising the locations of speed traps hampers the good work that staff and officers do to reduce speeding motorists, which is one of the “Fatal Five” offences.

“Motorists could be prosecuted if they are caught warning other drivers on the road for any speed trap.”

Facebook community and traffic groups have increased in popularity over recent years.

Lots of them have thousands of members.

The pages often share updates about travel congestion.

However, some users are known to also point out locations of speed cameras and police vans that are temporarily monitoring speeds at the side of the road.

Meanwhile flashing a driver to warn there are speed cameras up ahead is also against road laws.

Rule 110 of the Highway Code states: “Only flash your headlights to let other road users know that you are there.”

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And 111 adds: “Never assume that flashing headlights is a signal inviting you to proceed.

“Use your own judgement and proceed carefully.”