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Speeding offence advice
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Dear members, I am a surgeon and I was called to attend a time critical patient who had got stabbed in the chest at the major trauma centre. When riding to the hospital I was caught at 66mph in a 40 mph road. I was the only one on the road, it was sunny and dry and I needed to get to the hospital to save the patient. My licence is clean as I never speed except, sadly, on this occasion. I got a letter from the police asking to identify the driver. What is the best course of action in this situation? And the likely outcome. Many thanks. I regret deeply speeding, even if it was to save a man.
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So unless you could persuade the police to drop the prosecution, it will almost certainly require you to take it to court, plead guilty and offer the above as mitigation.
- Genuine emergency established
Section 19 of the Road Safety Act 2006 contains a similar provision.
There was a government consultation a few years ago which discussed expanding the range of vehicle use eligible for speed limit exemption (to include things like paramedics, blood transfusion, bomb disposal) but I don't know the outcome.
You will almost certainly need the help of a specialist motoring lawyer to persuade the court that your vehicle was being used for "ambulance purposes" or that some other exemption should apply (and you will need evidence to show the events that you explained here). The problem is that in law an ambulance is defined as a vehicle "designed for the transport of sick or injured people to a place for medical treatment" and unless there has been an extension following the consultation it will probably be a big ask to get a court to acquit you.
If that isn't a possibility, Magistrates have the discretion to find that there are "Special Reasons not to Endorse or Disqualify" and this may have a better chance. This means you must plead guilty but persuade the court that those reasons exist. Again a lawyer will probably be better placed to put this to the court. It may be worth an initial consultation to establish the likelihood of success with either strategy as, for that speed, you are looking at six points and a hefty fine.
Thanks for that - I must keep up!
I note there is still a strong reference to "ambulance services". It is not entirely clear from the OP but I get the idea that the patient was already at a hospital (or place of treatment) and so would not have required an "ambulance service". It would be handy if the OP was to come back and let us know what he thinks of the comments so far.
No, nor would I. But the legislation doesn't seem to require the vehicle to be used as part of an ambulance service. It makes an exception for a vehicle being driven "....for the purpose of providing a response to an emergency at the request of an NHS ambulance service”;
I still think it's a stretch, nonetheless, as I cannot imagine an ambulance serve requesting a response for an emergency where the patient is already at a hospital.
then next check the detail to see if it cover motoring offences.
if it does give them a call and speak to a professional.
I would check both motoring and home.