Thousands caught by just 15 Hampshire police speed cameras

Thousands of drivers have been caught by Hampshire Police speed cameras, despite just one in six of all fixed cameras being operational
Thousands of drivers have been caught by Hampshire Police speed cameras, despite just one in six of all fixed cameras being operational

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JUST one sixth of all fixed speed cameras run by Hampshire police are operational.

Figures released by the force show 34 fixed or static cameras were not in use.

Hampshire police confirmed only seven fixed cameras and eight mobile ones were in use on March 20 this year.

The company Confused.com asked for the figures and released them for today – the 23rd anniversary of the first speed camera being run.

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Here’s our list of mobile speed camera locations around Hampshire

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Jon Spencer, chair of Portsmouth Cycle Forum, said speed is a factor in causing accidents and higher speed increases their severity.

He said: ‘The issue with fixed sites is people just slow down and speed up again.

‘I’m certainly in favour of effective enforcement of speed limits, that’s critical.’

Simon Gomer, safer roads unit and driver awareness training manager at Hampshire police, said the force moved around its cameras into different housings.

He said the police target roads where serious injuries or deaths have occurred.

Mr Gomer said: ‘We’ve got limited resources, it’s about using that effectively and efficiently.’

In 2013, 26,140 drivers were caught speeding by fixed cameras - 48,106 were caught on mobile cameras.

But in 2014, 19,469 were caught on fixed cameras and 52,114 were caught by mobile cameras.

Up to March 30 this year 2,939 were caught on fixed cameras and 14,393 on mobile.

It comes as Portsmouth City Council transport boss Councillor Ken Ellcome said the city’s current cameras will never be switched on.

Since 2011 the city’s cameras have been switched off when the police took over running them but the council stopped paying for them.

Cllr Ellcome said: ‘Those cameras will never be brought back into operation, the technology is old-hat.

‘Officers are discussing with the police alternatives for the future.’

He added more modern technology including mobile cameras could be brought into use – depending on funds.

Emma Stanbury, head of motor at Confused.com, said: ‘People should be keeping to speed limits regardless of whether cameras are there or not.’

A list of speed camera locations is on portsmouth.co.uk