50,000 motorists caught by Staffordshire's speed cameras
ALMOST 9,000 more motorists have been caught out by speed cameras on Staffordshire's roads in a year.
New figures have revealed the increase despite funding cuts and just 29 of the region's 263 cameras being switched on at any one time.
They show the number of drivers caught by mobile and fixed speed traps in the county and Stoke-on-Trent rocketed by 8,783 from 41,269 in 2010/11 to 50,052 in 2011/12.
Tickets issued by the area's six mobile camera vans – which are now being deployed on the A500 between Etruria and Hanford in a safety crackdown – increased by 22.4 per cent to 23,757. And the number of motorists caught by fixed yellow Gatso cameras also shot up by 20.2 per cent to 26,295. Staffordshire County Council – which helps to pay for the cameras – today claimed motorists had become 'complacent'.
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Road safety campaigner John Clarke, aged 75, of Main Road, Wetley Rocks, where families demanded cameras after six roads deaths in 2003, said: "When people get to learn which cameras don't have films in them then the authorities could catch them out by putting one in.
"The cameras have definitely reduced speeding here. We've had knocks and scrapes but nothing serious."
Drivers caught speeding by cameras or mobile vans are offered speed awareness courses to avoid £60 fines and three penalty points on their licence.
Fees for the courses are now set to rise from £75 to more than £100 to help keep the cameras switched on.
Cash from fines goes straight to the Government but course fees can be spent keeping cameras active in spite of council spending cuts.
Paul Biggs, Staffordshire co-ordinator for the Association of British Drivers, said: "Allowing road partnerships to keep the money raised from speed awareness courses is driving this increase because they're now using it as a revenue stream to keep the cameras.
"Motorists drive according to the road conditions and layout and are often caught out by an inappropriate speed limit."
The cameras are run by Staffordshire Safer Roads Partnership, which is funded by a number of bodies including Staffordshire Police, Staffordshire County Council and Stoke-on-Trent City Council.
The county council said the rise 'appears to be down to people becoming a little complacent about speed cameras'.
County council highway's chief Councillor Mike Maryon added: "Motorists who break the speed limit are wantonly putting their own lives and the lives of other road users at risk and if they weren't doing this they wouldn't be picked up by cameras or prosecuted.
"The use of speed cameras, both mobile and static, are part of a wide range of measures used to both highlight and educate people about all aspects of road safety."