Three times more motorists breaking speed limit since safety camera switch off but casualties unchanged

MHBG-21-04-11 Farthinghoe Speed Camera'Pictured - John Grant pictured by the speed camera
MHBG-21-04-11 Farthinghoe Speed Camera'Pictured - John Grant pictured by the speed camera

POLICE have revealed three times as many motorists have been breaking the speed limit since the county’s speed cameras were turned off in April.

However, Northamptonshire Police officers said that in the first four months since the big switch off they had not seen any increase in the number of people killed or seriously injured on the county’s roads.

Every speed camera in Northamptonshire was turned off on April 1, after cash-strapped Northamptonshire County Council voted to disband the Casualty Reduction Partnership which ran them. Since then, police say they have seen a three-fold increase in the number of motorists now breaking the speed limit.

Chief Inspector Sean Bell, from the specialist operations team, said: “During the first four months (April to July), following the deactivation of the fixed site cameras, there has been no increase in the number of people being killed or seriously injured when compared to the same period in 2010. However, what has been noticeable is the increase in speed at which people are now travelling on the county’s roads.

“The Safer Roads Team collected speed data at a number of locations over a six-week period which concluded that over three times more motorists are now exceeding the speed limit when compared to a similar data sample undertaken when the fixed site cameras were still in operation. Whilst the data samples relate to different times of the year it does appear there is increased speeding.”

Despite turning off the cameras, police said they had still caught around 8,000 speeding motorists already this year and expected to catch thousands more during the coming months.

Traffic officers have increased the use of their four mobile speed traps.

Chief Insp Bell added: “The mobile camera vans are being used across the county, with deployments being focused to locations with the greatest potential for impact on casualty reduction and speed reduction and in support of local communities.

“It is anticipated that the new mobile camera service will detect in the region of 24,000 speeding offences during this financial year.”