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Top ten spots to get speeding ticket in Northern Ireland

By Adrian Rutherford

Published 06/08/2016

In total, more than 46,000 drivers were caught by road safety cameras in 2015 - up nearly 10% on the previous year
In total, more than 46,000 drivers were caught by road safety cameras in 2015 - up nearly 10% on the previous year

The place where you are most likely to get a speeding ticket in Northern Ireland is today revealed.

Almost 3,500 cars were clocked on the Saintfield Road outside Belfast last year.

In total, more than 46,000 drivers were caught by road safety cameras in 2015 - up nearly 10% on the previous year.

The vast majority were for speeding offences. A small number - less than 600 - were drivers who ran a red light.

The highest number of detections were made by a fixed camera on the Saintfield Road between Belfast and Carryduff.

The 3,433 detections at this location alone are equivalent to nearly 10 every day of the year.

Other hotspots for speeding offences include:

  • Antrim Road in Belfast (3,293 detections)
     
  • Upper Newtownards Road in Belfast (2,080 detections)
     
  • Springfield Road in Belfast (1,512 detections)
     
  • The A1 between Sprucefield and Newry (1,949 detections)

The figures emerged in a report published yesterday by the Northern Ireland Road Safety Partnership.

In total, 46,500 people were detected either speeding (45,910 offences) or running a red light (590).

The number of detections is more than four times the total recorded in 2004.

The main reason for the increase is a reduction in the threshold at which a driver can be detected speeding in 2010 and again in 2012.

Speed cameras are a controversial topic, with some believing they are merely revenue-raising tools.

Others say they do not contribute to road safety.

Hugh Bladon from the Alliance of British Drivers campaign group said cameras were no substitute for visible policing.

"We would prefer to see police patrolling our roads," he said.

"We have taken too many police officers off the roads and replaced them with these speed cameras.

"Cameras can measure the speed people are driving at, but they cannot tell whether a person is insured, has a licence, or indeed how he or she is driving.

"We do not think that is a particularly sensible way to go about making our roads safer.

"Also, too many speed limits have been dropped to a level where they no longer command respect, because they are too low, and people who are driving perfectly safely and normally are being zapped by a camera because the speed limit all of a sudden has been lowered."

However, others argue cameras play a big role in making our roads safer.

Mike Bristow from Brake said: "Speed limits exist for a reason; speeding remains one of the biggest killers on our roads, causing appalling suffering to bereaved and seriously injured victims.

"It's been proven that speed cameras play a vital role in ensuring drivers follow speed limits."

The highest speed recorded last year was 99mph. Four drivers were caught travelling at this speed.

A breakdown of statistics shows 32,573 people were caught speeding in a 30mph zone.

This included one travelling at 87mph - nearly three times the legal limit.

One driver was also caught at 83mph in a 40mph zone, one of 7,309 detections last year.

There are four fixed safety cameras in Northern Ireland, meaning they operate permanently.

In addition, there are 90 locations where eight mobile cameras are used.

According to PSNI statistics, 500 people were involved in road accidents where excess speed was the main factor last year.

These included 14 fatalities and 67 cases where the victim was seriously injured.

In the other 401 cases the person suffered minor injuries.

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