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2014 Sees Speeding Fines Rise

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New digital speed cameras are said to account for a rise in speeding fines this year. More than 115,000 speeding fines were issued in 2014, the highest since 2009.

Figures released by the Ministry of Justice show fines of £100 or more were issued to 115,549 drivers for speeding. It is believed that a set of high tech new digital cameras, costing £10,000 each, are helping to trap more speeding motorists. The new devices don't need film and work on a digital format, and so are operational 24 hours a day.

South Wales reported the largest increase in speeding fines - at 6,491 in 2014 - that's triple the 2,181 speeding motorists caught three years ago. One speed camera in Cardiff on the corner of Newport Road and Colchester Avenue, was said to have earned over £800,000 in the first six months of this year, recording 13,624 incidences of speeding and 146 drivers running red lights.

Lincolnshire and South Yorkshire both saw the number of speeding fines in their area rise by nearly 1,000 year, while Staffordshire speeding fines were up by almost 2,000. London's Metropolitan Police force was the most prolific issuer of speeding fines this year at 7,736. However, this figure represented a decrease on the previous year and is in fact the lowest number in the last five years.

While the number of fines issued has increased, it doesn't represent the total number of motorists caught speeding, as the figures released represent only those motorists who are taken to court for failing to pay their fine or because of a particularly bad case of speeding. Current regulations mean that drivers caught speeding are subject to a minimum £100 penalty fine and three licence penalty points. The Department for Transport has commented that, overall, the figures show a decline in the number of fines issued by a number of police forces.

However, the Alliance of British Drivers has pointed out that fewer than 5% of road accidents are attributed to speeding drivers and that a wider view needs to be taken on driving behaviour. The alliance cautioned that speed cameras cannot analyse levels of drink driving, those who drive having taken drugs or if a vehicle is roadworthy.

The Institution of Engineering and Technology has suggested that speeding is likely to be eliminated altogether with the introduction of driverless cars. Furthermore, a car's potential could be tailored to fit the skills and experience of any particular driver.

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