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Great inventions: The speedometer

The world’s first speeding ticket was given to Walter Arnold in Paddock Wood, Kent, on January 28, 1896. Arnold tore through the town at four times the speed limit and a five-mile chase ensued before finally he was brought to a halt by a bobby on a bicycle who pinched him for going 8 mph—and without the requisite flag-waving escort.


But you can’t really blame Arnold. After all, the speedometer hadn’t even been invented when he was summoned to court and fined a shilling. 


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