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  • 7 January 2013, 19:31

Driver Gets Jail For Facebook Speeding Scam

A man has been jailed after advertising on Facebook for a volunteer to take his speeding penalty points.

Scott Woodburn, 32, from Rotherham, was recorded breaking the speed limit on the A61 Halifax Road in Sheffield in November 2011.

But instead of paying the fine he posted a message on the social networking site asking if anyone would take his points in return for payment.

Daniel Baggaley, 26, took up the offer even though he did not possess a driving licence. In return he received 250 from Woodburn.

But police used forensic evidence to confirm the offence was committed by Woodburn and both men were prosecuted for perverting the course of justice.

A 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.

"These offenders are a danger to themselves and other road users."

Baggaley, from Sheffield, received an 11-week prison sentence suspended for 12 months and a 12-month supervision order after pleading guilty.

Woodburn was given a five-month sentence and was also disqualified from driving.

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