Motorists avoid paying speeding fines

Speed camera on Slyne Road, outside the hospice, which has raised the most revenue in Lancaster.
Speed camera on Slyne Road, outside the hospice, which has raised the most revenue in Lancaster.

MORE than half of all drivers caught speeding in the Lancaster district last year avoided paying a fixed penalty notice.

A total of 1,135 motorists were caught by 13 fixed speed cameras, according to data published by the Lancashire Partnership for Road Safety this week, but only 494 paid the statutory fine.

The fines generated £29,640 in revenue, at £60 per fixed penalty notice, but 138 people were summonsed to court for non-payment of fines, and faced paying up to £1,000.

The highest number, 286, were caught out on Slyne Road, Lancaster, with 146 being flashed in Regent Road, Morecambe and 102 in Morecambe Road, Morecambe.

A total of 160 people were issued with a fine after being caught speeding in Scotforth Road, Lancaster, by two fixed cameras located there.

The figures also show that 181 tickets were cancelled, and 315 motorists attended a speed awareness course – in most cases this meant they avoided paying a fine.

Figures showing the number of collisions and casualties at the fixed camera sites - both before and after the cameras were installed - have also been published.

Police said that serious injuries and deaths had decreased where speed cameras had been introduced.

See the Lancaster Guardian (21-07-11) for full story.