THE county’s two fixed speed cameras snared more than 4,000 motorists in only a year, figures revealed today.

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Following a Freedom of Information request, it was revealed that during 2012, 4,310 speeding offences were recorded by the two fixed speed cameras in Suffolk.

The cameras, one on the A12 at Benhall and the other on the A140 at Coddenham, are both in areas where there is a 50mph limit.

The Benhall speed camera on the A12 caught 1,759 speeding motorists in 2012, while the camera on the A140 at Coddenham recorded 2,551 speeding offences.

The top speed recorded by the cameras was 108mph at Coddenham – more than twice the legal speed limit.

So far, 561 fixed penalty notices have been paid for the A12 Benhall camera and 929 have been paid from the A140 Coddenham speed camera. Many of the speeding offences from 2012 have yet to reach a final outcome and have therefore not been paid.

A spokesman for Suffolk police emphasised the importance of speed cameras as well as other measures in getting motorists to reduce their speed on the county’s roads.

He said: “Speed is one of the fatal four driving offences.

“Last year there were 24 deaths on Suffolk’s roads and the role speed plays in both fatal and serious road traffic collisions cannot be underestimated.

“The difference of a few miles per hour can mean the difference between life and death.

“The faster someone is driving, the less time they have to stop if something unexpected happens.

“Our aim is to reduce the amount of casualties on the county’s roads whether this is through enforcement campaigns, education or the use of fixed and mobile cameras.”

Do you think enough is being done to combat speeding offences in Suffolk? Write to Your Letters, Ipswich Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich IP4 1AN, or email starletters@archant.co.uk

6 comments

  • The Speed Camera at Coddenham is only there as SCC needs to protect the drivers crossing the A140 and pulling out onto this road . This is a cheap solution to resolving an accident blackspot . The blackspot is a give way junction crossroads at the bottom of a hill on a dual carriageway. These type of junctions should be eliminated totally due to the many serious and fatal accidents that happen at these locations . But then it earns them money to put up a speed camera which as is clear does not slow people down . These speeders could all have resulted in serious accidents but didn't . Technology will never reduce serious accidents the same as road alterations.

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    Poppys Dad

    Friday, February 15, 2013

  • If people dont like the government making money out of speed cameras, the solution is simple .... If you don't want to pay the government money for speeding - don't speed, its really not that complex to understand surely? These fixed cameras are blatantly obvious and well signed so if its people not concentrating that causes accidents these are the very people getting caught, if you cant see signs and a bright yellow camera you're clearly not concentrating on the road! Whether we agree with the speed limit is immaterial, the law is the law, stick to it and there's no problem.

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    MZH

    Thursday, February 14, 2013

  • So were there 4310 Accidents after these incidents ? NO Speed Cameras do nothing for road safety and much for the coffers of our Government . It is Indirect taxation and has always been . Everyone speeds and it is people not concentrating on what they are doing that causes accidents . It is also ineffective training which teaches people to pass a test which is no way rigorous enough .

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    Poppys Dad

    Thursday, February 14, 2013

  • Obey the speed limits then no issue break the speed limit then there you are 3 points and a fine. People speed every where including housing estates so obey the law no excuse.

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    a west

    Thursday, February 14, 2013

  • Keep death of the roads! Let them drive on the pavements and then they can compete with the yobs on bikes weaving in and out of pedestrians at high speed unchallenged in Ipswich town centre pedestrian area.

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    Billy Knowbend

    Thursday, February 14, 2013

  • money lots of money ? where is it going .

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    andrew hutchison

    Thursday, February 14, 2013

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