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Today Is The Anniversary Of The First Speeding Ticket

The Speeding Ticket Is Officially 120 Years Old Today!

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Many motorists have their views about speed cameras and their speed limits, but 120 years ago today in Paddock Wood, Kent, a man by the name of Walter Arnold broke the speed limit and received a 1 shilling fine.

Walter Arnold - Speed Demon!

At the time, the speed limit was set at a spine tingling 2mph, and even then you had to have someone walk in front of you waving a red flag to alert residents of your presence. But in January 1896, Walter Arnold negated the need for his flag-bearer and embarked on a blistering 8mph cruise through the Paddock Wood streets. This then led to a 5 mile police chase in which the officer pursued on his pushbike, eventually catching Walter who was later fined one shilling.

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