A Reversal of Fortunes
New legislation is being hurriedly considered following a landmark ruling in which a motorist successfully challenged a speeding ticket by repeating the offence on the same stretch of road, but in reverse. Barry Schumacher, no relation, was travelling down a stretch of the M1 on the evening of the 21st April last year when he was pulled over by Nottinghamshire Police after being clocked at a speed of 105 miles per hour.
During his appeal, Mr Schumacher claimed that he subsequently drove backwards along the same stretch of road at exactly the same speed, effectively cancelling out the original action and producing a net result of zero offences. Astoundingly, the court accepted this argument.
In a statement, Nottinghamshire Constabulary said that they were extremely disappointed with the decision and are considering a new prosecution for reversing on a motorway. Mr Schumacher has already said that he will fight the charge, pointing out that he had already driven forwards over the same distance, thereby effectively cancelling out this action and producing a net result of... and so on, and so on.