New smart motorway speed cameras have been introduced in the UK on certain sections of the UK’s major road network.
These new cameras are permanent and can see drivers handed fines at any time of the day seven days a week, even if there isn’t a visible speed limit displayed overhead on the gantry.
Motorists can, therefore, be fined for exceeding 70mph on the motorway and could be caught and fined without even realising.
New cameras have been introduced on to a stretch of the motorway near East Midlands Airport.
The section they appear in is between junctions 23a (Nottingham/East midlands Airport) and 24 (Derby).
A spokesman for Highways England said: “If no special speed limit is displayed then the national speed limit applies.
“A speed limit displayed inside a red circle is legally enforceable. If you don’t keep to this speed limit, you are breaking the law.
“Speed cameras are in operation on smart motorways. If you don’t keep to the speed limit, you may receive a fine.”
Drivers can be fined £100 fixed penalty notice for speeding, which can rise to £2,500 if your case is taken to court.
The new camera between Tibshelf services and junction 29A at Duckmanton were the most profitable in the whole of the UK in 2017.
Together the four cameras caught a whopping 8,382 motorists for speeding.
Darren Roberts, manager of the Casualty Reduction Enforcement Support Team (CREST) for Derbyshire police told the Derby Telegraph that the cameras aren’t just there to generate revenue from drivers.
“The cameras are not there to generate money,” he said
“They are there to catch speeders, get reckless drivers off the roads and ultimately lead to a reduction in collisions.”
More stretches of motorway across the UK will also get the new cameras over time including alongside the M6, M25, M3, M20 and M5.
Drivers are also being reminded that on smart motorways they can be fined £100 if they ignore a Red X lane closure.
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