Motor driver heavily fined

Hertfordshire Mercury, 30th October 1915


At Hatfield Petty Sessions on Monday, Sidney Arthur Merryweather, of 14 Arthur Street, Battersea, was charged with driving a motor-car in a manner dangerous to the public at Hatfield on September 21.  He pleaded guilty.

P.c. Spencer said that on the day in question he was on duty in New Town when he saw a motor-van coming from Hatfield towards St Albans at a very dangerous speed within the 10 mile limit.  There was another motor-car about 50 yards in front, and on reaching the witness the defendant had overtaken this car and was trying to pass.  There were several children and vehicles in the road at the time, and it was very dangerous to be about when the defendant’s van was being driven so rapidly.

The defendant:  ‘I admit I was driving over 10 miles an hour, but I had just come round the corner at the Gun public-house, so that I could not have been going at more than 12 miles an hour.’  The Chairman:  ‘This is the kind of thing that causes more accidents than anything else.  You will be fined £4, and you must be more careful, or else you will get it hotter.’  The defendant said he could not pay the money. Asked by the Bench as to where he was employed, he said he was a driver for the London & Provincial Carrying Company.  He was allowed a fortnight to pay.

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