A speed camera in the North East has generated a staggering £189,140 in fines in the past year alone – snapping drivers over the limit at a rate of 25 a day.
Many road users are getting caught out by councils changing speed cameras in their area – with eight out of nine changing limits within the last year.
Other high-earning speed cameras, according to a freedom of information request by LV car insurance, include one on junction 25 of the M60 (9,326 caught in the last year), a camera on the A14 at Newmarket in Suffolk (8,964) and one on the A13 Thames Gateway (westbound) to Scratton Terrace in London (8,002).
Overall police dished out nearly 400,000 fines for speeding within the last year, as well as 73,944 court summons. This means UK motorists paid a whopping £22 million in speeding fines.
Most drivers fined for speeding were caught by a fixed camera (58%) while 28% were caught by a camera manned by police.
In the last five years, one in seven drivers have been caught speeding, and the amount caught went up last year by 3% compared with 2012.
Surprisingly, out of those caught speeding multiple times since 2009, 43% have been caught speeding more than once in the same location – blaming unfair speed limits or not realising the limit had recently changed.
LV car insurance managing director John O’Roarke:
“It can be easy for motorists to become complacent when they get behind the wheel, especially when they drive on the same roads day in and day out.
“However, it’s important that drivers always concentrate on the road so they can spot any new road signs, changes in speed limits, and are aware of what other motorists are doing.”