Speeding Points Warning After Rotherham Man Jailed
South Yorkshire Police are warning drivers not to take points for other people, after a man from Rotherham was jailed for paying a man who responded to a Facebook post.
Scott Woodburn, 32, from Hill Crest Road, was jailed for five months.
He posted a request on Facebook asking for someone to take a speeding penalty after he was caught breaking the limit in Halifax Road, Sheffield, in November 2011.
A Sheffield man, who's not qualified to drive, took Woodburn up on his offer and was paid £250.
Police say Woodburn initially wouldn't help with their investigation, forcing them to use forensics to prove that it was him behind the wheel.
The 32-year-old was also disqualified from driving, while the man who took the penalty points was given a suspended jail sentence.
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, 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."