Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

30 Drivers a Day Are Clocked Speeding ... ... but Campaigners Say This Means Some Roads Have the Wrong Speed Limits

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

30 Drivers a Day Are Clocked Speeding ... ... but Campaigners Say This Means Some Roads Have the Wrong Speed Limits

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Byline: IAN JOHNSON ian.johnson01@trinitymirror.com @Ian_JohnsonGaz

MORE than 10,000 drivers were clocked speeding on Teesside's roads last year - sparking claims that speed limits on some routes may be wrong.

A probe has revealed three Cleveland Police mobile cameras caught out a daily average of 30 drivers last year, with the number skyrocketing in recent years.

The minimum penalty for drivers handed a fixed penalty notice for speeding is a PS100 fine and three penalty points - but drivers can also be offered speed awareness courses or can deny the offence in court.

In total, 10,687 drivers were caught last year - almost four times the number of drivers caught in 2013.

A top traffic officer says Cleveland Police enforce speed limits to save lives.

But a spokesman for road campaigners The Alliance for British Drivers said: "If that many people are being caught speeding, then clearly the speed limits on those roads are wrong.

"Most people don't deliberately get themselves into trouble - they drive at speeds which feel natural to them.

"If there are so many tickets being handed out on certain roads, it is time for the speed limits to be changed on these roads."

Unlike some forces, Cleveland Police don't disclose where their mobile camera will be located, so a breakdown of where drivers are caught most frequently cannot be made from the data, which was disclosed after a Freedom of Information request.

Previously, The Gazette has revealed the force's hi-tech "night vision" cameras snared 106 speeding motorists in one 90-minute blitz near Teesside Park in April.

One offending driver was clocked at 79mph in the 50mph limit.

And in just seven days a total of 404 drivers were found to be breaking the speed limits across Cleveland and Durham, during a weeklong crackdown.

But The Alliance spokesperson added: "The police everywhere are placing them where they are an easy target. …

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