New speed cameras have already been installed across 20 sites in the region with a “further 10” set to be rolled out soon. The project has seen brand new state-of-the-art technology introduced across the region after the old tools were considered “obsolete”.
Dorset Police have covered the total cost of the upgrade which brings the tools back into the twenty-first century.
Dorset Police told Express.co.uk: “We do not have any comparison date available at this stage as to whether more detections are being made at the sites where the digital cameras have been installed.
“But we are not expecting a significant change as this move is more about a move from old ‘wet film’ technology, which is becoming obsolete, to digital rather than an increased capability.”
Dorset Road Safe have confirmed the new cameras can only detect traffic speed violations and are not an average speed camera.
The new devices are not also compatible with Automatic Number Plate Recognition technology.
Information provided under the Freedom of Information Act shows over 19,000 speeding tickets were handed out to drivers in 2019.
A total of 19,602 fixed penalty notices were handed out to motorists over the course of the year with 2,417 handed out in March alone.
A breakdown of offences highlighted that 145 offences saw drivers exceed over 70mph on the road.
However, speeding offences were down on the 19,955 penalties handed out to drivers across Dorset in 2018.
Motorists caught speeding can be issued on on the spot fines of £100 and three penalty points on a driving licence.
In severe cases or where drivers challenge a fine they will be issued a court hearing where fines can increase.
If drivers are found guilty they could be fined up to £1,000 or £2,500 if they were driving on a motorway.
Drivers can also be issued extra penalty points and even face a temporary driving ban or have their licence suspended.
Samuel Nahk, spokesperson for road safety charity Brake said: “Breaking the speed limit by any amount can have devastating consequences, and drivers who selfishly ignore speed limits put not only themselves, but other road users, at serious risk.
“Speed cameras play a crucial role in enforcing our traffic laws, and are a proven, cost-effective way of reducing speed and preventing deaths and serious injuries.
Published at Wed, 08 Jul 2020 11:59:00 +0000