"If you lie about a red light or speeding offence, you could be jailed”, Sussex police warns on their website.
That’s the reality for Colin Drewitt-Barlow and Ozgur Uzum, who spent Christmas in Jail after they tried to blame innocent drivers for their offences.
As part of an operation launched in 2016, named operation Pinocchio, Sussex police are warning drivers that by lying about speeding and red light offences it can be deemed obstruction of justice, which can carry a maximum penalty of life imprisonment.
Usually, if offenders admit liability they would only be fined £100 and will have a 3-point-penalty on their license.
However, if offenders refuse to accept liability they could go to jail.
Mr Drewitt-Barlow was sentenced to three months’ imprisonment and he was also ordered to pay a £115 victim surcharge.
And Mr Uzum was sentenced to five months’ imprisonment and was also ordered to pay a £115 victim surcharge.
Lying about speeding offences can also have other unforeseen consequences. Insurers can charge an additional premium which could come with a decline cover if these are found.
Pam Quinn, spokesperson for The British Insurers Brokers Association points out that insurers and insurance brokers need to know these details in order to help provide the adequate insurance.
“As with everything connected to your insurance, it’s truly important that you let your insurers know about anything that might affect the insurance that you’re taking out.
“That includes any speeding convictions or any other road traffic conviction. It’s key to report that to your insurer to avoid any problems, should you have a claim or a problem with your policy.”