A set of “hi-tech bidirectional” speed cameras has already caught out more than 3,000 motorists for driving offences in just two weeks.
The four new cameras, which have been decorated with bright yellow strips to make sure drivers know they’re there, were introduced by Devon County Council and Cornwall Council across the region and have been in service since June 14.
And as of yesterday (June 29), they have caught out a whopping 3,280 motorists, with one of the cameras activating a staggering 120 times a day in the first two weeks of operation alone, DevonLive reports, potentially bringing in thousands of pounds in fines.
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Each of the new cameras has the ability to check speeds of cars going in both directions, and all four have been placed in speeding hotspots across Devon and Cornwall, according to Vision Zero South West, the group in charge of the new programme.
Adrian Leisk, Devon & Cornwall Police’s head of road safety and chair of the Vision Zero South West enforcement committee, said he was shocked by the results.
Mr Leisk said: “It is disappointing to see the number of vehicles that have been detected travelling at excess speed on these routes, but the speeds some of them have been travelling at are worrying.
“All of these cameras are located in 30mph zones and already two of them have caught drivers travelling at more than double that speed. It’s just not acceptable.”
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“It surprises me that in a cost of living crisis and climate emergency people still travel in excess of speed limits, burning more fuel and increasing wear and tear on brakes and tyres,” he added.
Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council’s cabinet member for Highway Management, said: “Fatal and serious collisions are heart-breaking – not just for the family and friends of those involved, but also for the wider community and the responding emergency services who have to witness the tragedy and subsequent aftermath.
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