Speed cameras claim fewer fines in Dorset

Speed cameras claim fewer fines in Dorset

Published by Maria Greenwood at 9:18am 1st November 2019.

Fewer speeders are forking out for fines after getting caught by cameras in Dorset.

Figures reveal more than 15,000 caught in the last year alone.

Dorset Police logged 18,138 speeding tickets paid by drivers snapped on camera in 2018, the latest Home Office statistics show – 3% fewer than in 2017.

This was fewer than the 19,960 paid when comparable records began in 2011.

Not every snap resulted in a fine – overall, cameras flashed for 21,326 speed violations in Dorset last year.

A speedometer showing 220 mph

Drivers found to have broken the speed limit face possible punishments ranging from a fine to attending a speed awareness course, or even court action.

Police forces can send someone on a driver retraining course, which includes those on speed awareness, at their own discretion – meaning figures for fines may differ widely across the country.

However, those having to retrain can only attend a course once in a three-year period, even if they commit the same offence again.

Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner Martyn Underhill
Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner Martyn Underhill

A spokesperson for Dorset Police said: 

"We are committed to working with our partners to do all we can to keep Dorset's road safe for all users but would also urge motorists to take responsibility for their own actions and drive according to the speed limit and road conditions at all times.

By working together we can help reduce the number of casualties on Dorset's roads."

Samuel Nahk, senior public affairs officer at Brake, said:

"Breaking the speed limit by any amount can have devastating consequences, and drivers who selfishly ignore speed limits put not only themselves, but other road users, at serious risk.

"Speed cameras play a crucial role in enforcing our traffic laws, and are a proven, cost-effective way of reducing speed and preventing deaths and serious injuries.

"However, road safety isn't just about enforcement, we need safer speed limits, safer vehicles and safer road infrastructure to make sure that no journey ends in tragedy and we all manage to get home to our loved ones safely."