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Driver says he was stopped at lights when 'caught speeding'

NOT FINE: Ray Brown is fighting a speeding fine because he believes the photo of him allegedly travelling at 49km/h was taken while he was parked at a traffic light.
NOT FINE: Ray Brown is fighting a speeding fine because he believes the photo of him allegedly travelling at 49km/h was taken while he was parked at a traffic light. Rob Williams

A MOTORIST has claimed he was flashed by a speed camera while he was parked at a set of lights.

Ray Brown said he was driving his mother-in-law from the hospital when a speed camera in Downs St snapped his Toyota Sedan driving 49km/h in a 40km/h zone.

When the traffic fine arrived in the mail a few weeks later Mr Brown was confused by the photographic evidence.

"It shows my car at the traffic light stop line with the brake lights on," he said.

"I don't know how I could have been photographed speeding while stopped at the lights.

"I certainly didn't slam on the brakes, as my 82-year-old mother-in-law was in the front seat and it would knocked her forward."

Traffic branch Senior Sergeant Troy Hamilton said people who disputed speed camera tickets should firstly phone the traffic camera office on 1300 360 610.

"There have certainly been people who have believed they were not speeding because they weren't paying attention to how fast they were going when they were flashed," he said.

Sen Sgt Hamilton said while he couldn't comment on Mr Brown's fine without knowing more about it, it was unlikely he was flashed while the car was stationary.

"It's not possible for the camera device to register an image if there was no relative motion," he said.

Mr Brown said he already brought his infringement notice to the attention of police and - after the $157 fine wasn't revoked - was now prepared to take the matter to court.

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