If you are one of the motorists to have been fined for speeding on the A12 at the Suffolk/Essex border you’re not alone.
The average speed cameras along the stretch of the dual carriageway are among the most lucrative in the country, according to new figures published in the East Anglian Daily Times.
The southbound cameras on the A12 at Stratford St Mary earned more than £300,000 in fines – the fifth highest figure nationally.
In January, figures revealed there had been a significant increase in the number of motorists caught driving too fast on Suffolk’s roads following the introduction of the average speed cameras on the A12 and A14. However, from the start of 2017, the number caught out has fallen considerably.
The CCTV-style cameras, usually mounted on yellow-painted posts, record vehicle registrations as they pass by. From this information, the system can work out how fast you’ve been travelling between each camera – and if your average speed is above the threshold set for prosecution, you’ll get a ticket.
Police say driving too fast is one of the ‘fatal four’ traffic offences, along with drink/drug-driving, failing to wear a seatbelt and using a mobile phone while behind the wheel.
How can Gotelee’s Criminal Defence Lawyers help you?
If you have been caught by the new cameras, you will know how easy it is for a momentary lapse in concentration to result in a fine or road ban.
Speeding is the most common road traffic offence in the UK, with around 50,000 motorists summoned to court each year.
Gotelee has a wealth of experience in representing drivers who, for whatever reason, have fallen foul of the law. Our team of expert lawyers can explain the options open to you in a clear and understandable way.
Where the circumstances allow, we will defend you at trial or, in other cases, seek to mitigate the outcome of a prosecution. If you are facing a ban, we can advise you on the possibility of reducing or avoiding that disqualification.
If you have been charged with speeding and would like to know where you stand, contact Hugh Rowland on 01473 298140 or by email at [email protected], or Howard Catherall on 01473 298167 or at [email protected]