Fifteen temporary speed cameras raise £5 million
Fifteen temporary speed cameras sites placed on motorways and A-roads around the UK have been responsible for catching almost 80,000 speeders, the Mirror reports.
The drivers, who were caught ignoring temporary speed limits at roads works, will have involuntarily contributed almost £5 million to the Treasury's coffers.
Each of the 77,666 speeders captured by the yellow average speed cameras received a fine of £60.
The highest earning camera site was located on the M54 near Wolverhampton, which was installed during the widening of the carriageway. Thirteen thousand drivers were recorded breaking the speed limit over an 18 month period.
This was closely followed by a site at the M6 Thelwall Viaduct in Cheshire, which caught 11,384 speeding drivers in just 10 weeks.
Despite the cameras being put in place due to the narrow lanes often found at road works sites, the usefulness of average speed camera sites has been questioned.
Hugh Bladon, of the Alliance of British Drivers commented: "When there was a trend for the cameras to be switched off there was no increase in the accident rate."
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Author: Laura Thomson