Hundreds of motorists caught speeding on county’s roads in just three hours

SAFETY camera vans, out in force on Staffordshire’s as part of Road Victims Awareness Month, have caught over 200 offenders in three different locations. 

Using accident hotspot data, the safety camera team positioned themselves in three locations in the latter part of last week to catch speeding motorists.

The three locations, all with different speed limits, saw motorists break speed limits by over 50 per cent in some cases.

On Keelings Road in Northwood, Stoke-on-Trent, which has a 30mph limit, the Staffordshire Poilce safety camera team identified 12 drivers breaking the speed limit. The speed camera van was there for two hours and the highest speed recorded was 41mph.

On the A449 in Stourton, which has a speed limit of 40mph, officers recorded 124 speeding offences in one hour and 45 minutes, which is more than one a minute. The highest speed recorded was 70mph, which is 75 per cent over the limit.

Finally, the safety camera team visited the A500 near Cliffe Vale and in 90 minutes caught 83 vehicles breaking the speed limit. The speed limit on that stretch is 50mph and yet drivers were recorded at speeds up to 79mph.

Superintendent Jane Hewett, head of justice services at Staffordshire Police, said: “Unfortunately sometimes education is not enough and so we are forced to punish those who flout our speed limits.

“It is astonishing that in just three hours our camera team identified over 200 drivers breaking the speed limit, but hopefully those who have been caught will now think again in future.

“As it is Road Victims Awareness Month, it is pertinent that we focus on road safety and do all we can to prevent dangerous actions like speeding.

“Breaking the speed limit increases your chances of being in an accident which could lead to the death or serious injury of you, your passengers and those in nearby vehicles.”

All the drivers identified in this exercise will, at the very least, be fined £100 and have three penalty points added to your licence or, if it is their first offence, they can choose to attend a speed awareness course at a cost of £100 instead.