Thousands of drivers fined after introduction of average speed cameras

10th January 2017

Thousands of drivers fined after introduction of average speed cameras

There has been a significant increase in the number of motorists caught driving too fast on Suffolk’s roads following the introduction of average speed cameras on the A12 and A14.

More than 25,000 people fell foul of the law in the first eight months of this financial year, almost as many as the previous 12 months.

New average speed cameras on the Orwell Bridge, on the A12 Essex border and the A14 near Stowmarket accounted for nearly half of the fixed penalty notices issued, according to police data obtained by the East Anglian Daily Times.

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.

But if you were one of those 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.

How can our criminal law solicitors help you?

Briefly losing concentration at the wheel can have profound consequences, including the loss of your driving licence and, as a result, your employment.

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.

Gotelee has offices in Ipswich, Hadleigh, Melton, Woodbridge and Felixstowe.

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 hugh.rowland@gotelee.co.uk

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