Safer Roads Humber, a “safety camera partnership” which covers the East Riding of Yorkshire, recently published their annual report for 2015. It shows just how lucrative the operation of speed cameras and the diversion of drivers to speed awareness courses by the waiver of prosecutions really is.
There were 30,024 drivers detected as speeding last year in the region. Some 22,460 were offered a speed awareness course (cost £95, instead of them paying a £100 fine and collecting three points). The courses generated £2.1m which went to Safer Roads Humber.
In addition, 12,609 drivers accepted a fixed penalty notice generating £1.2m which went to the Treasury (HM Government). Another 3,126 cases went to court but the fines imposed there were not recorded (information reported by the Hull Daily Mail).
This shows just how lucrative the operation of speed cameras can be in a relatively small part of the country (population only about 350,000 with Hull the only largish city). The money generated will no doubt be used to finance the operation of the existing cameras and probably buy more. These statistics show exactly what happens when police activities are driven by money and not much else.