REVEALED: Northampton's latest speed camera location where drivers copped 83 tickets in one visit

Police snap 79 speeding drivers and four with no seatbelts Harlestone Road

Wednesday, 17th March 2021, 10:40 am
Updated Wednesday, 17th March 2021, 11:50 am

Dodgy driver landed tickets at the rate of one every TWO-AND-A-HALF MINUTES at the newest spot for one of Northamptonshire Police mobile enforcement cameras.

The county's Safer Roads Team tweeted a photo of the 'speed camera van' on Harlestone Road during its first visit on Monday — as a result of which 83 motorists will be getting a ticket.

Cameras caught 79 vehicles over the 30mph limit plus another four with occupants not wearing seatbelts during two 1hr 45min stops.

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That stretch of road had its speed limit reduced from 40mph in early 2020 as a safety measure.

Also on Monday, another unit snapped a driver at 62mph in Creaton — more than twice the legal limit and labelled "reckless" by the crew.

Six vans in the Safer Roads fleet regularly visit 173 locations across the county watching out for three of the 'Fatal Four' traffic offences — speeding, drivers using a mobile device at the wheel, and vehicle occupants not wearing a seatbelt.

The Fatal Four offences — which also includes drink or drug-driving — are those most commonly linked to deaths and serious injuries on roads.

Police snapped 83 drivers committing offences on Monday's first visit to Harlestone Road. Photo: @northants_SRT

A Safer Roads Team spokesman said: "More than 3,000 people are killed on our roads each year. Excess speed not only increases the risk of a collision, but in the case of a collision, increases the severity of injuries sustained.

"By enforcing speed limits, we aim to reduce those figures.

"We are not interested in raising revenue — we're interested in making the roads a safe place to be for all users.

"Our most successful sites are those where we capture ZERO offences because it means everybody is driving safely.

Sped cameras clocked a driver at more than twice the 30mph limit in Creaton

“We see first-hand the devastating effect speeding can have not only on those involved in a collision but also family, friends and the wider community, so please stick to the speed limits.

"Driving slow and careful is what we like to see putting your foot down and speeding when you think you're far enough down the road to avoid being caught is not the best idea.”

Latest published figures for 2019 revealed road deaths in Northamptonshire hit an eight-year high with 42 people killed and a further 347 seriously injured.

Drivers snapped by speed cameras get a notice of intending prosecution with the option to accept a £100 fixed penalty and three points on their licence.

Those who tot up 12 or more points within a period of three years risk going to court and a driving ban.

Those who do not accept the fixed penalty will also face the magistrates who decide the level of fines according to what the speed limit was and how much over it you were driving. It’s usually a percentage of your weekly income, up to a maximum of £1,000 or £2,500 on a motorway.

Those caught not wearing a seatbelt face £220 court fines.