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Police in Norfolk using mobile speed cameras to catch drivers for non-speeding offences

PUBLISHED: 19:19 06 February 2018 | UPDATED: 08:25 07 February 2018

File photo of a mobile speed camera in use. 

Photo Simon Finlay.

File photo of a mobile speed camera in use. Photo Simon Finlay.

Police in Norfolk are using footage from mobile speed cameras to prosecute drivers for other motoring offences.

New figures have revealed the force has used footage captured from the cameras to catch people not wearing their seatbelts or for using a mobile phone behind the wheel.

A spokeswoman for Norfolk Constabulary said “appropriate action will be taken to address all offence” if clear evidence is presented.

A freedom of information request to the force by IAM RoadSmart, a national road safety charity, found in 2016 37 drivers were detected by road safety cameras using a mobile phone. The number in 2017 was 10.

And in both years two drivers were caught not wearing a seatbelt by the cameras.

A spokeswoman for Norfolk Constabulary said of the figures: “Where there is clear evidence of motoring offences being committed, for example, a speeding driver not wearing a seatbelt or using a mobile phone, appropriate action will be taken to address all offences identified.

“Speeding is one of the ‘fatal four’ offences which makes you more likely to be killed or seriously injured in a collision alongside not wearing a seatbelt, using a mobile phone and drink driving.

“Anyone exhibiting one or more types of this behaviour is putting themselves and others at risk.”

Suffolk Constabulary also confirmed it used the cameras to detect other driving offences but there were no detections by the vans during 2015 or 2016.

Across the country a total of 16 forces said the cameras were regularly used for detecting a variety of offences and four said they are occasionally used.

Sarah Sillars, IAM RoadSmart Chief Executive Officer, added: “Drivers should be reassured that the police are using all the tools in their road safety toolkit to address their top worries.

“For too many drivers it is only the fear of being caught that will stop them putting themselves and others at risk from smartphone distraction.

“Not wearing a seatbelt also puts an unfair burden on our emergency services who have to deal with the aftermath of such selfish behaviour.”

Last month 120 drivers in Norfolk were caught using a mobile phone during a week-long crackdown.

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