A speed camera boss had a taste of his own medicine on Wednesday when he was banned from the road for driving at more than 100 mph (165 km/h) on a 70mph highway.
Tom Riall, a chief executive of Serco, which supplies many of Britain’s traffic enforcement cameras, was caught by a police patrol car in Newmarket, in the eastern English county of Suffolk. Riall was recorded driving at 102.92 mph in a blue Volvo car, Sudbury Magistrates Court heard. He was fined £300 ($450) and was banned from driving for six months by magistrates in Sudbury. Since 1992 Serco has installed more than 5,000 traffic enforcement cameras around the United Kingdom. The company says on its Web site that its cameras had helped to save 100 lives a year “by deterring excessive speed and improving compliance with traffic signals.” Riall, the chief executive of Serco’s Civil Government division, has responsibility for installing and maintaining speed cameras, the court heard, according to the Press Association. Riall told magistrates he would like to “formally apologize” and added: “In my role I am all too aware of the consequences of speeding.” The court heard the father of three had two previous motoring convictions, including a past speeding offense, from 2006 and 2007, PA said.