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Suffolk Speed Cameras Catch 4310 In 2012


Article by: rob brady
Date: 15 Feb 2013

pocketgpsworld.com
Suffolk speed cameras snap 4,310 motorists in a year - but only a third of fines have been collected.

The two fixed speed cameras in Suffolk recorded a total of 4,310 speeding offences in 2012, a Freedom of Information request revealed.

The top speed recorded by the cameras was 108mph, which is more than twice the legal speed limit. The cameras, located on the A12 at Benhall and on the A140 at Coddenham, are situated in areas where there is a 50mph speed limit in force.

A total of 2,551 drivers were caught on camera at Coddenham, and the Benhall speed camera recorded 1,759 speeding offences.

But despite the vast quantities of speeding fines doled out, comparatively few have been collected.

Just 929 fixed penalty notices have been paid from the Coddenham camera and 561 have been paid for the Benhall camera - meaning that only a third (34.6%) of fines has actually been collected.

This is of course partially down to the fact that many of the speeding offences from 2012 are yet to reach a final outcome, but it does raise the question - what percentage of fines are eventually paid?

A spokesman for Suffolk police: "Last year there were 24 deaths on Suffolk's roads and the role speed plays in both fatal and serious road traffic collisions cannot be underestimated".

He added "Our aim is to reduce the amount of casualties on the county's roads whether this is through enforcement campaigns, education or the use of fixed and mobile cameras".

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Posted by lenfish on Fri Feb 15, 2013 10:12 pm Reply with quote

Do those who don't pay have the points added to their licence automatically, regardless?

Regards,

Len


 
Posted by shires999 on Mon Feb 18, 2013 1:43 pm Reply with quote

lenfish Wrote:
Do those who don't pay have the points added to their licence automatically, regardless?

Regards,

Len

they can only give a fine or points to a driver if they know who the driver is. A speed camera can normally only identify the vehicle that has been speeding and it's up to the registered owner of that vehicle to declare who the driver was.

Do these figures take into account those drivers that elected to go on a speed awareness course instead of accepting the points and fine ? techncially the cost of the course is not a fine but a charge by the course providers.


 
Posted by Graculus on Tue Feb 19, 2013 4:23 pm Reply with quote

shires999 Wrote:

they can only give a fine or points to a driver if they know who the driver is. A speed camera can normally only identify the vehicle that has been speeding and it's up to the registered owner of that vehicle to declare who the driver was.

The "system" is quite tight now. If the keeper fails to identify the driver, then he ends up with a "failing to furnish" charge against him, which will result in a 500+ fine and 6 points - ouch! All the old arguments of "I don't know who the driver was" are almost always going to fail these days, unless you have a very strong defence.

shires999 Wrote:

Do these figures take into account those drivers that elected to go on a speed awareness course instead of accepting the points and fine ? techncially the cost of the course is not a fine but a charge by the course providers.

Quite possibly the more likely reason, along with those yet to reach a conclusion, as the article notes.


 
Posted by DennisN on Tue Feb 19, 2013 7:19 pm Reply with quote

Don't you just tell them it was your wife?


Dennis

I'm getting a cat flap for my whippet

 
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