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Police defend revenue raised from road traffic offences

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One local police force has raised around £1million from speeding drivers.

The figures for North Yorkshire Police were revealed during an audit of accounts ordered by the force’s Police and Crime Commissioner.

Critics have previously accused police of using mobile speed traps as a money-making exercise, although the force was quick to clarify where the revenue went.

A spokeswoman said: “Police forces do not receive any income from speeding penalties – this all goes to the Treasury.

“However, North Yorkshire Police does receive some income from Speed Awareness Courses, where these are taken by the driver as an alternative to points and a fine.”

The force first introduced mobile cameras in 2011 and three further vehicles – which travel between accident blackspots as required – were brought into service earlier this year.

Police have previously said that the measures play a crucial role in tackling drivers who break the speed limit.

In particular there are concerns about the number of young people who are being killed or seriously injured on the county’s roads.

Separate statistics released last month showed that there were an average of 80 fatalities and casualties among 16 to 24-year-olds each year.

Speeding is by far the most common road traffic offence, as more and more motorists are caught out by fixed speed cameras or police speed traps. Travelling even at just a few miles per hour over the speed limit can result in a fine and points on your licence. For expert advice on your options please contact Lester Morrill’s road traffic team today.

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