Car insurance: Lightning causes speed ticket surge

Thursday, 20 July 2006

Lightning has lead to a number of motorists incorrectly receiving speeding tickets.

Police in Lancashire believe that a bolt of lightning may be responsible for a major computer failure which meant law-abiding motorist were falsely accused of breaking the speed limit whilst driving through Clayton-le-Woods.

It is thought that a total of seven letters were wrongly sent to drivers following the strike on the Central Process Unit in Blackburn. The tickets have now been cancelled and police have apologised for any inconvenience caused.

A police spokesman explained: "Early this month we experienced problems with our computer system relating to the mobile speed camera in Clayton-le-Woods.

"As a result seven notices were wrongly issued, showing a speed limit that was not yet in force. It appears this happened following a lightning strike at the Central Process Unit."

Being caught speeding can have an impact on motor insurance costs but motorists are reminded that they could have any subsequent claims rejected if they fail to inform their car insurance provider of any additional points on their licence.

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