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Speed cameras are NOT money-spinners, says police chief – 'drivers need to stick to law'

Speed camera vans are contributing to a change in driver behaviour which has seen a drop in the number of tickets issued according to Ms Mulligan. North Yorkshire Police has brought 12 speed camera vans into the region over the past few years in a desperate attempt to curb road accidents.

Ms Mulligan said the cameras did not solely exist for financial gain as she revealed the service did not generate much surplus income at all.

She revealed the camera vans generated over £140,000 between 2018 and 2019 but much of this was donated to a road safety partnership and a speed watch scheme.

In a letter to the local paper, the Yorkshire Post, she said: “Turning to the money, in 2018/19, the camera vans generated a surplus of £142,477, of which £50k was granted to 95 Alive, the road-safety partnership, and £80k spent on Community Speed Watch.

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“The previous year, the operation had no surplus at all.”

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Police experts urge the cameras are not installed for financial gain (Image: Getty)

Speed camera vans often move around accident hotspots (Image: Getty)

Recent data from the RAC Foundation revealed there were 40 percent more speeding offences detected between 2018 and 2019 than previous years in North Yorkshire alone.  

The data revealed a total of 42,000 speeding offences were caught on camera in the region between 2018 and 2019.

Concerningly, it was revealed a massive 99 percent of all speeding crimes in the region were caught on camera with just one percent being noticed by other policing methods.

Speeding was revealed to make up a total of 88 percent of all motoring crimes across the region.

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RAC Foundation data revealed neighbouring West Yorkshire saw the highest number of speeding offences than anywhere in England and Wales.

A total of 181,687 people were snapped by speed carers between 2018 and 2019 in figures 225 times higher than the least offending region in Wiltshire.

The data was a four percent rise in the number of speeding offences detected as it was also revealed that 99 percent of all speeding crimes were caught on camera across the region.

A survey from IAMRoadSmart revealed 47 percent of motorists agreed the motive for speed cameras was for raising money.

Almost half said they believed money was a motivating factor for installing speed cameras across roads while just a third said finances had nothing to do with their installation.

RAC data revealed over 2.3million speeding offences were detected in 2018 and 2019 in a national four percent increase.

The figures also showed a 37 percent rise on the 1.7million speeding offences detected just eight years ago.

According to the RAC, mobile speed cameras are often located in areas where there has been a history of car crashes over the past three years.

Mobile vans can be either marked or unmarked and can be operated by police officers or with radar guns.

Exceeding the speed limit was placed as a contributory factor in 13 percent of all fatal crashes in the UK in 2018.

Travelling too fast or road conditions was also found to be a factor in nine percent of fatal accidents proving speed is a safety risk to road users.

Steve Gooding, spokesman for the RAC Foundations said: “The simple rule for drivers who don’t want to risk ending up with a speeding ticket is not to break the limit in the first place.

“Where limits are properly signposted and clearly feel right for the road in question then motorists have no excuse for going faster, but that means highway authorities also have a responsibility to make sure the limits they set are appropriate and to avoid instances where the limit repeatedly ‘bounces’ up and down along a single stretch.”


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