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Speed cameras claim record fines in North Yorkshire

Speed cameras claim record fines in North Yorkshire

Published by May Norman at 7:01am 3rd November 2019.

Alex Shaw, Data Reporter

Record number of motorists caught speeding in North Yorkshire

    • Over 35,000 speeding tickets were issued to North Yorkshire motorists last year.
    • That's a rise of 45 per cent on 2017, according to the latest Home Office figures.
    • Those caught driving over the speed limit faced fines.
    • However, over 4,000 resulted in court action and 1,300 fines were cancelled.

A record number of speeders were fined after being caught on camera in North Yorkshire last year, figures reveal.

With speeding offences at record levels across England and Wales, road safety charity Brake has warned that breaking the speed limit can have "devastating consequences".

North Yorkshire Police logged 35,839 speeding tickets paid by drivers snapped on camera in 2018, the latest Home Office statistics show – 45% more than in 2017.

This was far more than the 4,723 paid when comparable records began in 2011.

Not every snap resulted in a fine – overall, cameras flashed for 41,646 speed violations in North Yorkshire last year.

Drivers found to have broken the speed limit face possible punishments ranging from a fine to attending a speed awareness course, or even court action.

Police forces can send someone on a driver retraining course, which includes those on speed awareness, at their own discretion – meaning figures for fines may differ widely across the country.

However, those having to retrain can only attend a course once in a three-year period, even if they commit the same offence again.

In North Yorkshire, camera-detected speed violations led to 4,469 court actions . There were also one incomplete and 1,337 cancelled fines.

Across England and Wales, speed limit offences were at their highest level recorded since 2011 last year.

Samuel Nahk, senior public affairs officer at Brake, said:

"Breaking the speed limit by any amount can have devastating consequences, and drivers who selfishly ignore speed limits put not only themselves, but other road users, at serious risk.

"Speed cameras play a crucial role in enforcing our traffic laws, and are a proven, cost-effective way of reducing speed and preventing deaths and serious injuries.

"However, road safety isn't just about enforcement, we need safer speed limits, safer vehicles and safer road infrastructure to make sure that no journey ends in tragedy and we all manage to get home to our loved ones safely."

Cameras detected 97% of the 2.1 million offences recorded across England and Wales by police last year, according to the figures, as well as 74% of cases where drivers neglected traffic directions. This could involve, for example, a failure to follow road signs such as "right of way".

Drivers found to have committed a motoring offence attended a retraining course in about 45% of cases with a penalty recorded, far higher than the 14% reported in 2011.

A further 40% of offences resulted in a fine paid and 15% involved court action.