Revealed: The Norfolk speed cameras where drivers are most likely to get caught
PUBLISHED: 11:13 18 October 2018 | UPDATED: 17:16 18 October 2018
The speed cameras in Norfolk where drivers are most likely to get caught driving too fast have been revealed.
The figures, released under a Freedom of Information request by GoCompare to 46 police forces around the country, shows which cameras recorded the most speeding offences in 2016, 2017 and 2018.
The top camera was the A1067 at Taverham, where 6,592 offences were recorded last year, and 6,978 the year before. In 2018, up to May, there were 2,749 offences there.
It was so busy that in 2016 the camera - which snaps motorists travelling in both directions in a 30mph zone on the Fakenham Road - was the ninth most active speed camera around the country.
Travelling into Taverham from Fakenham, the speed limit drops from 50mph to 30mph.
Police said the camera had played a key role in making roads safer in the area.
A spokesperson said: “Road safety is a priority for Norfolk police and static speed cameras have been proven to reduce the number of collisions on our roads.
“As an example - if we take the Taverham speed camera - we have seen more than a 50pc reduction in collisions in that area since its installation in 2012. This reduction is directly attributable to the presence of that safety camera.”
They said speeding was recognised as one of the fatal four offences that leads to people being killed or seriously injured. It sits alongside drink driving, using a mobile phone and not wearing a seatbelt.
Meanwhile, John Pennells, chairman of Taverham Parish Council, said the opening of the Broadland Northway - often better known as the Norwich Northern Distributor Road (NDR) - had lessened some of the A1067’s traffic.
He said: “I don’t think that it’s any worse than what it has been in the past.
“The NDR has certainly made a difference regarding large amounts of traffic, as people can get to the other side of the city more easily. That has made a lot of difference.”
Others on the list included one on Colman Road, where 5,334 incidents were recorded last year, and Bishop Bridge Road camera, with 3,686 in 2017.
The camera on Mile End Road featured twice - with 3,615 offences caught in 2016 and 2,734 in 2017.
And the camera on Dereham Road, heading into Norwich, saw 2,808 offences last year and 2,940 in 2016.
Overall, the data found there had been an increase in speeding offences in Norfolk over the last two years - in 2016/17 32,925 incidents were recorded, compared to 36,708 in 2017/18, an 11pc increase.
The data also asked for the worst speeding offences around the county since 2016 - revealing that the highest in Norfolk was a driver travelling at 105mph in a 30mph zone on the A1076 in Gayton.
In Suffolk, all of the top 10 cameras were on the A12 at either East Bergholt or Stratford St Mary, the Orwell Bridge or the A140 at Coddenham.