Five months in prison for points-dodging driver

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A ROTHERHAM man has been jailed for five months for paying someone procured from Facebook to take his speeding points.

Scott Woodburn, 32, of Hill Crest Road, Rotherham was recorded breaking the speed limit on the A61 Halifax Road, Sheffield on November 6, 2011.

Woodburn published a post on Facebook asking someone to take the points in return for payment. A Sheffield man without a driving licence took up his offer but investigation by the South Yorkshire Safety Camera Partnership Enquiry Team revealed that Woodburn paid the man £250 to take the points. Both men were arrested.

Woodburn refused to co-operate with police and only pleaded guilty due to the strength of evidence against him. Police used forensics to prove that it had been him driving.

On top of the five month prison sentence, Woodburn was disqualified from driving. The man who admitted the offence was sentenced on June 27, 2012, and given an 11-week custodial sentence suspended for 12 months plus a 12-month supervision order.

A spokesperson 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, and once caught, rather than changing the manner of his driving he selfishly paid to have someone else take the blame.

“South Yorkshire Safer Roads Partnership aims 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.”

Woodburn was sentenced at Sheffield Crown Court on December 19, last year.