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North Yorkshire Police issue 24,000 tickets for speeding
ALMOST 24,000 tickets have been issued to speeding drivers on North Yorkshire’s roads in the last five months, police have announced.
North Yorkshire Police’s three Mobile Safety Camera vans have been positioned on the county’s roads since April, as part of an ongoing attempt to improve road safety.
The road safety teams which operate them have logged up 1,845 hours.
Figures released by the force yesterday showed 23,595 tickets have been issued in that period – the equivalent of about 12 per hour, or one speeding ticket issued every five minutes of duty.
More than 19,600 drivers who were issued tickets were given the option of taking a speed awareness course, rather than face points on their licence.
The £93 fee for the course pays for the safety camera vans’ patrols, and excess funding is given to other road safety projects.
Figures also showed more than 2,600 were given £100 fixed penalties, and almost 440 were reported for summons to court.
Assistant Chief Constable Paul Kennedy, of North Yorkshire Police, said making the roads safe was a key priority for the force.
He said: “The Mobile Safety Camera vans mean that we have the flexibility to locate the cameras in the right place at the right time, reacting to the latest intelligence about driver and rider behaviour and feedback from the public.
“Excessive and inappropriate speeding not only raises the risk of you being involved in a collision, but also the severity of injury you, and others involved, would suffer. Ultimately, it can be a matter of life or death.”
The three vans have also recently been repainted to make them more visible to motorists, following public feedback, at a cost of £1,680.
Their locations are also announced to drivers through social media.
ACC Kennedy said this meant that “there really is no excuse if you are caught speeding”.
For more information about the Mobile Safety Camera vans or to view the routes which they cover, go to northyorkshire.police.uk/safetycamera.
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