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Wednesday 16 April 2014

Jail sentence for driver who advertised on Facebook for volunteer to take his penalty points

A jail sentence given to a driver who advertised on Facebook for a volunteer to take his speeding penalty points "will send a warning to anyone who would consider anything so irresponsible", highways officials said today.

Scott Woodburn, 32, received a five-month sentence last month for paying another man, Daniel Baggaley, to admit a speeding offence, South Yorkshire Safer Roads Partnership said today.

Woodburn, of Hill Crest Road, Rotherham, was recorded breaking the speed limit on the A61 Halifax Road in Sheffield on November 6, 2011.

According to the Safer Road Partnership, he posted on Facebook asking someone to take the points in return for payment.

Baggaley, who does not hold a driving licence, took up his offer and admitted the speeding offence and was paid £250.

A spokesman for the partnership, which represents organisations including police, councils and the Highways Agency, said Woodburn refused to co-operate with the investigation and only pleaded guilty to perverting the course of justice when the strength of evidence against him became clear.

Police used forensic evidence to prove it was Woodburn driving, the spokesman said.

On top of the five-month prison sentence, Woodburn was disqualified from driving when he appeared at Sheffield Crown Court on December 19.

Baggaley, 26, from Vikinglea Drive, Lower Manor, Sheffield, received an 11-week prison sentence suspended for 12 months and a 12-month supervision order when he admitted the same offence in June last year.

The spokesman for South Yorkshire Safer Roads Partnership said: "Hopefully this case will send a warning to anyone who would consider anything so irresponsible.

"It is a crime to admit an offence on behalf of someone else. If someone approaches you to admit an offence on their behalf you should inform the police.

"Woodburn showed no regard for anyone else. He was prepared to drive at excessive speed. Once caught, rather than changing the manner of his driving he selfishly paid to have someone else to take the blame so that he could continue behaving as before."

He added: "South Yorkshire Safer Roads Partnership aim to improve road safety on South Yorkshire's roads by tracing and prosecuting serial offenders who provide false information in an attempt to avoid prosecution. These offenders are a danger to themselves and other road users."

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