Driver fined for taking a sip of her Slush Puppy in Carshalton

The 22-year-old branded police

The 22-year-old branded police "petty and ridiculous".

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A driver who claims she was fined for taking a slurp of a Slush Puppy while she was in a traffic jam has hit out at police.

Wallington woman Sophie Vaughan said she was sitting in a traffic jam in Carshalton having a sip of her bright blue raspberry flavour iced drink when a passing policeman slapped her with a £100 fine for driving without due care and attention.

She said four officers attended while she was given the fine in her Ford Ka convertible.

The 22-year-old branded the officers "petty and ridiculous".

She added: "I wasn't even moving. I'm outraged.

"To have four police officers dealing with such a petty thing is a joke."

According to the law, if a motorist is doing anything that could result in their driving falling below an acceptable standard, then they could be driving without due care and attention.


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12:59pm Wed 2 Apr 14

Mr Flange of Wallington says...

Another quiet news day then?
Another quiet news day then? Mr Flange of Wallington
  • Score: 9

3:02pm Wed 2 Apr 14

mr-bjp says...

Ridiculous. A verbal warning would have been sufficient.
Ridiculous. A verbal warning would have been sufficient. mr-bjp
  • Score: 3

6:10pm Wed 2 Apr 14

Hove Ex-Pat says...

Just maybe they had seen her earlier, driving down the road slurping the drink, but only caught up with her in the static traffic further on. She has the right to contest this in court, but of course might not want to in case we hear "all the facts" from the other side, which we have not here.
Just maybe they had seen her earlier, driving down the road slurping the drink, but only caught up with her in the static traffic further on. She has the right to contest this in court, but of course might not want to in case we hear "all the facts" from the other side, which we have not here. Hove Ex-Pat
  • Score: 16

9:29pm Wed 2 Apr 14

Lazydays says...

Good for the police. Regardless of whether the car was stationery at traffic lights or in a queue, drivers must have control of the vehicle. Sick of people complaining about others, when they are at fault.
Good for the police. Regardless of whether the car was stationery at traffic lights or in a queue, drivers must have control of the vehicle. Sick of people complaining about others, when they are at fault. Lazydays
  • Score: 6

11:48pm Wed 2 Apr 14

Resident Patrick says...

I wish they'd caught the person on a mobile phone in a BMW convertible driving past Sutton Station last month.
I wish they'd caught the person on a mobile phone in a BMW convertible driving past Sutton Station last month. Resident Patrick
  • Score: 14

8:06pm Thu 3 Apr 14

RP_CPN says...

Sutton Police have issued this clarification on Twitter:

"Following reports about a woman being fined for drinking a Slush Puppie as she drove, the MPS would like to offer some clarification. On 28 March an officer tried to stop a car in Carshalton, driver was seen without a seatbelt on and not holding the steering wheel. She was holding Slush Puppie in one hand and using straw in the other to spoon the ice into her mouth. She was stopped, issued FPN".

Take it on the chin Ms Vaughan, and move on...
Sutton Police have issued this clarification on Twitter: "Following reports about a woman being fined for drinking a Slush Puppie as she drove, the MPS would like to offer some clarification. On 28 March an officer tried to stop a car in Carshalton, driver was seen without a seatbelt on and not holding the steering wheel. She was holding Slush Puppie in one hand and using straw in the other to spoon the ice into her mouth. She was stopped, issued FPN". Take it on the chin Ms Vaughan, and move on... RP_CPN
  • Score: 10

1:36pm Fri 4 Apr 14

missfeline says...

Ok... so she has broken the law on two counts...why does she think she should escape a fine?! Honestly these bleaters amaze me, running to the newspaper with only half the story ! Good for the police I say. Pay the fine and move on, hopefully having learned something in the process.
Ok... so she has broken the law on two counts...why does she think she should escape a fine?! Honestly these bleaters amaze me, running to the newspaper with only half the story ! Good for the police I say. Pay the fine and move on, hopefully having learned something in the process. missfeline
  • Score: 4

4:57pm Fri 4 Apr 14

mr-bjp says...

RP_CPN wrote:
Sutton Police have issued this clarification on Twitter:

"Following reports about a woman being fined for drinking a Slush Puppie as she drove, the MPS would like to offer some clarification. On 28 March an officer tried to stop a car in Carshalton, driver was seen without a seatbelt on and not holding the steering wheel. She was holding Slush Puppie in one hand and using straw in the other to spoon the ice into her mouth. She was stopped, issued FPN".

Take it on the chin Ms Vaughan, and move on...
If this comment is true then I would not have made my previous comment. Only getting half of the story is misleading and sloppy reporting.
[quote][p][bold]RP_CPN[/bold] wrote: Sutton Police have issued this clarification on Twitter: "Following reports about a woman being fined for drinking a Slush Puppie as she drove, the MPS would like to offer some clarification. On 28 March an officer tried to stop a car in Carshalton, driver was seen without a seatbelt on and not holding the steering wheel. She was holding Slush Puppie in one hand and using straw in the other to spoon the ice into her mouth. She was stopped, issued FPN". Take it on the chin Ms Vaughan, and move on...[/p][/quote]If this comment is true then I would not have made my previous comment. Only getting half of the story is misleading and sloppy reporting. mr-bjp
  • Score: 4

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