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Dad slapped with speeding fine was taking his daughter to hospital

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A father who was snapped by a speed camera while driving his daughter to hospital plans to take his case to court.

Michael Clapham was caught doing 36mph in a 30mph zone in West Park, Leeds last November. The authorities sent a £100 penalty notice and gave the retired lecturer three points on his licence.

But the 61-year-old has said he was rushing to get his daughter Michelle – who suffers from a rare genetic condition – to St James’ Hospital.

Mr Clapham has already made his case to the West Yorkshire Casualty Reduction Partnership without success. He now plans to go before magistrates in an attempt to get the fine torn up.

“I’m certainly prepared to go to court – I’m not going to pay,” he told the Yorkshire Evening Post. “As far as I can see I have a crystal clear case. I was doing what any concerned father would do.”

Michelle is one of several members of the Clapham family to suffer from acute intermittent porphyria – which can cause severe abdominal and joint pain. When symptoms flair up, failure to seek treatment can result in dangerously high levels of toxins being released into the body.

While the Claphams live 55 miles away, in Burnley, Michelle receives specialist medical care at St James’.

Zafar Iqbal, partnership manager of the West Yorkshire Casualty Reduction Partnership, said: “If a situation is deemed an emergency which requires exemption from the speed limits, it should be dealt with by the correct authority which has the relevant training and appropriate vehicles to respond in an urgent but safe manner.

“The only available procedure for offering mitigation about the circumstances is by attending court where magistrates can consider any representations and decide on a suitable outcome.”

Speeding is by far the most common road traffic offence, as more and more motorists are caught out by fixed speed cameras or speed traps. Leeds-based solicitors Lester Morrill has a wealth of experience representing those facing speeding charges – for more details about how we can help, contact us today.

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