Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

The Gazette Gazettelive.Co.ukFriday, JANET'S DANCED THROUGH FIVE DECADES PAGES 2&3 What to Expect If You Are Caught Speeding; Last Week We Reported How More Than 10,000 Drivers Had Been Caught by Three Mobile Speed Cameras. Today MIKE BROWN Looks at What Happens If You Are Caught

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

The Gazette Gazettelive.Co.ukFriday, JANET'S DANCED THROUGH FIVE DECADES PAGES 2&3 What to Expect If You Are Caught Speeding; Last Week We Reported How More Than 10,000 Drivers Had Been Caught by Three Mobile Speed Cameras. Today MIKE BROWN Looks at What Happens If You Are Caught

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WHAT happens when you're caught speeding? More than 10,000 drivers were clocked exceeding the speed limit on Teesside's roads last year - from only three speed cameras.

Cleveland Police now have four mobile speed cameras that can catch drivers in the dark.

But what happens if you are caught speeding? It can mean at least a PS100 fine. A fixed penalty notice (FPN) for speeding will result in a minimum of a PS100 fine and three points on your driving licence. But if your speed was high enough to land you in court - or if you reject a FPN - you can be fined up to PS1,000 or PS2,500 on the motorway. How fast would I need to go to end up in court? In a 20mph zone, a speed of at least 35mph would land you in court. For 30mph, the minimum for prosecution would be 50mph, for 40mph it's 66mph, and for a 50 zone - like the A66 through Teesside - it's 76mph.

For faster 60 and 70mph limit roads, you would have to clock 86mph or 96mph to be prosecuted. Any speeding under that would usually be dealt with by issuing an FPN.

What about the 10% plus 2mph rule? It is often claimed by drivers that police will turn a blind eye to speeding - as long as it's below a certain threshold.

That is said to be 10% of the speed limit plus 2mph. For example, on a 30mph stretch of road it is said that travelling between 30mph and 35mph would see you safe from detection.

Previously, in a web chat, Cleveland Police has said it operates to these guidelines - set by the National Police Chiefs Council.

This is set to cover for driver concentration - to stop motorists having to constantly watch their speedometers - and for errors in calibration. But there is no such leeway in the law - so anything over the limit could be punished. How can you be caught? On Teesside? By the mobile speed camera vans. They have infra-red cameras which can catch drivers in the dark. …

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