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Three of the most prolific speed cameras in the UK are on the M5 near Gloucestershire

Three of the most prolific speed cameras in the UK are on the M5 near Gloucestershire
29 Sep
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If you break the speed limit heading south on the M5 from Gloucestershire, you’re running a massive risk of being caught.

That’s because new figures have revealed that three of the UK’s most successful speed cameras are within a short journey from the county into Avon and Somerset territory.

And Gloucestershire itself is the scene of the highest recorded speed above the limit in the past year, when a mind-numbingly stupid driver hit 167mph on the A417 in a Nissan GT-R.

The research was compiled by price comparison website GoCompare which looked at speeding offences across the country between June 2016 and May 2018.

In this two-year-period a staggering 386,969 offences were committed in the constabulary patch over the two-year period.

The region which covers South Gloucestershire, Bath and North East Somerset, Bristol, North Somerset, East Somerset as well as West Somerset, is the biggest speed camera hotspot in the UK, followed by Bedfordshire Police (143,052) and West Mercia Police (143,039).

Cleveland Police handed out the fewest tickets with just 5,754.

Avon and Somerset was also home to the eight most active speed cameras in the UK over the same period due to having three separate motorways running through it.

The M32, M4 and M5 all featured prominently.

The most prolific speed cameras in the UK

  • Avon and Somerset, M32, Severn Beach rail line overbridge to end of M32 southbound, 2018 – 22,350 recorded offences
  • Avon and Somerset, M4, J19-20 Westbound, 2016 – 21,009
  • Avon and Somerset, M4, J20-19 Eastbound, 2016 – 19,137
  • Avon and Somerset, M5, J16-17 Southbound, 2017 – 19,088
  • Avon and Somerset, M5, J17-16 Northbound, 2016 – 17,082
  • Avon and Somerset, M32, Severn Beach rail line overbridge to end of M32 southbound, 2017 – 12,980
  • Avon and Somerset, M5, J17-16 Northbound, 2017 – 12,176
  • Avon and Somerset, M4, J20-19 Eastbound, 2017 – 10,833 Bedfordshire Police, M1 Motorway, 2016 – 10,339
  • Bedfordshire Police, A1081 Airport Way, South West bound, 2017 -10,024

The study also identified the worst speeding offices, with one driver being caught travelling 148mph in a 50mph zone by Merseyside Police in 2017.

Interestingly despite Avon and Somerset’s high number of offences it appears relatively run of the mill compared to other regions.

Regions with most speeding tickets issued

  • Avon and Somerset – 386,969
  • Bedfordshire Police – 143,052
  • West Mercia Police – 143,039
  • South Wales Police – 135,315
  • Cheshire Police – 112,540
  • Hertfordshire Constabulary – 109,854
  • Kent Police – 107,494
  • North Wales Police – 105,295
  • Merseyside Police – 104,621
  • Devon and Cornwall – 102,508

It came third in the biggest spike in speeding fines at 14 per cent, with Durham and Kent earning 154 per cent and 21 per cent rises respectively.

The study found that most of the speeding offences were recorded in August (191,898), which was the worst month between June 2016 and May 2017.

April was the worst month from June 2017 to May 2018.

The ten fastest speeds above the limit recorded

  • Merseyside Police, 2017 – Speed limit: 50mph, speed recorded: 148mph
  • Gloucestershire, 2017 – Speed limit: 70mph, speed recorded: 167mph
  • Hertfordshire, 2017 – Speed limit: 40mph, speed recorded: 137mph
  • Hertfordshire, 2016 – Speed limit: 40mph, speed recorded: 132mph
  • Avon and Somerset, 2018 – Speed limit: 70mph, speed recorded: 162mph
  • West Mercia, 2017 – Speed limit: 40mph, speed recorded: 124mph
  • Suffolk, 2016 – Speed limit: 30mph, speed recorded: 113mph
  • Hertfordshire, 2018 – Speed limit: 40mph, speed recorded: 123mph
  • Kent Police, 2018 – Speed limit: 70mph, speed recorded: 152mph
  • South Yorkshire, 2017 – Speed limit: 70mph, speed recorded: 151mph

December saw the fewest number of offences over both periods, with 143,891 offences.

GoCompare said it contacted 45 forces and its data is based on the 24 that responded to a freedom of information request.

It added: “All data is correct for the period between 1st January 2016 and 31st May 2018. Not all constabularies were able to provide the same quantity of information, therefore only 16 were able to be given a full detailed breakdown.”

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The research was revealed as new super ‘yellow vulture’ speed cameras are catching drivers who are using their phone or eating behind the wheel are rolled out in the UK.

The cameras feature new LED infrared equipment and face oncoming traffic, allowing them to catch drivers who aren’t wearing a seatbelt or are distracted.

Source: https://www.gloucestershirelive.co.uk/news/gloucester-news/three-most-prolific-speed-cameras-2056869

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