The number of drivers fined for speeding rose to a four-year high in 2013, with 115,549 Brits paying fines of at least £100, new figures from the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) have revealed.
Edmund King, AA president, stated that the new digital speed cameras, which stay on 24 hours a day, are responsible for the increase in fines. These digital cameras were rolled out four years ago and replaced the old film ones, notes rac.co.uk.
South Wales saw one of the most dramatic rises in the number of fines issued to speeding drivers. Three years previously, just 2,181 motorists were caught speeding but this increased to 6,491 in 2013. Essex also recorded a significant jump, as fines rose by 44 per cent over the same period. Somerset and Avon experienced similar rises, with fines climbing 34 per cent.
However, the Association of British Drivers believes these cameras are used only to get money out of motorists, not make the roads safer, as there is little evidence that such fines results in increased road safety. It's estimated that more than £800,000 worth of fines were issued by just one camera in Cardiff, reports bbc.co.uk.
A spokeswoman for the Department for Transport said: "Speeding can have devastating consequences and it's right that drivers should abide by the speed limit. These fines were issued at the discretion of the magistrates and show the number of fines issued is in decline across many police force areas."