70,000 drivers caught speeding in Lancs in last 12 months

Speed camera.
Speed camera.

More than 70,000 speeding drivers have been caught out on the roads of Lancashire in just the last 12 months.

A Freedom of Information request to Lancashire Constabulary revealed that 70,291 tickets were issued to drivers over the limit caught with both mobile and built-in speed cameras.

Speed cameras are a very effective way of reducing speeds and preventing accidents, especially in preventing more serious and fatal accidents.

Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents

Death, injuries, and community concerns can all be reasons police are monitoring speed in the area, and a force spokesman said it is “committed to making the roads of Lancashire safer”.

He said: “We are not complacent when it comes to tackling speeding.

“It is well-researched and documented that speeding kills and in fact is one of the top four – known as the ‘fatal four’ - causes of collisions and injuries, along with drink and drug-driving, mobile phone use and not wearing a seatbelt.”

Specific areas of the county might be flagged up if they have had a high number of injury collisions, community concerns or if they have been identified as having speed issues.

A speed count is then carried out to review the problem.

The spokesman added: “Lancashire has achieved significant reductions in the number of people killed and injured on our roads but we are committed to reducing the figures even further through education, engagement and enforcement.

“This might take the form of a static fixed camera, a mobile camera or use of community road watch and schools road watch.”

The AA said speed cameras are useful in maintaining road safety, but that “enforcement is only acceptable where there is a clear benefit, such as accident blackspots”.

A spokesman said that nationally, 77 per cent of motorists are supportive of speed cameras and that these latest figures for Lancashire show the “perception of too many people getting away with speeding is a myth”.

He said: “Drivers in all areas should stick to the speed limits in place as they are there for good reason, including maintaining the effective flow of traffic.

“More than 80 per cent of drivers say that they support Speed Awareness Courses which is offered to drivers whose speed is marginally over the limit.”

Kevin Clinton, head of road safety at the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents agreed with the use of speed cameras.

Mr Clinton said: “Speed cameras are a very effective way of reducing speeds and preventing accidents, especially in preventing more serious and fatal accidents.

“They help to save lives and prevent injuries.

“We believe that cameras should be used where 
casualty statistics show they are needed.”