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Huge differences in speeding convictions across East Anglia

Figures show the huge differences in the number of motorists caught speeding in the Anglia region. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Remarkable figures show the huge differences in the number of motorists caught speeding in the Anglia region.

In Essex and Norfolk there has been a big increase in those breaking the law yet in Cambridgeshire and Suffolk, there have been significant reductions in the amount of drivers being prosecuted.

In Norfolk the number of people caught speeding is up 32% to more than 51,000. It's also up in Essex by 30% to more than 74,000.

However the figures fell in Suffolk by 30% and by almost a half in Cambridgeshire.

Click below to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Malcolm Robertson

Speed rise in drivers caught speeding in Essex and Norfolk

There's been a steep rise in the number of drivers caught speeding in Essex and Norfolk while in other counties the figures are declining.

It's raised questions about how different police forces deal with the offence.

Speed cameras have caught 30% more drivers in Norfolk and Essex. Credit: ITV News Anglia / Tony Aldous
  • Norfolk - speeding offences up 32%
  • Essex - up 30%
  • Suffolk - down 30%
  • Cambridgeshire - down 46%

There has been some criticism from drivers that speed cameras are just a way of making money from fines and speed awareness courses.

Iain Temperton, Norfolk's Casualty Reduction Officer, says speed awareness course are a valuable way of refreshing drivers' skills many years after they have taken their tests.

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Police begin speeding crack-down

Police in Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire will be doing targeted patrols through the month of May to catch people breaking the speed limit.

Credit: ITV News Anglia

The Beds, Herts and Cambs Road Policing Unit want to highlight to drivers that speed remains one of the most critical factors in fatal collisions. They say that despite this too many people ignore poor road conditions, breaking the speed limit and putting lives at risk.

Throughout May, the unit will be increasing its number of patrols on the region's roads specifically to catch speeding drivers.

Motorist clocked at 93mph in a 30mph city limit

Gilbert Road, Cambridge Credit: ITV Anglia

A motorist has been clocked speeding at 93 miles per hour in the 30 limit in Cambridge. It happened in the city's Gilbert Road. The speeding car or motorcycle was one of several that broke the 80 barrier within the 30 limit.

The speeds were recorded as part of a survey carried out by the city council as part of its plans to introduce more 20 mph limits.

3000 drivers caught in one month

Drivers urged to obey the limit Credit: Press Association

More than 3,000 drivers were caught speeding in Cambridgeshire during the 'Think!' January campaign.

Between January 1 and January 31 police issued 3,165 drivers with £60 fines for speeding.

Officers were out in both marked and unmarked vehicles enforcing motoring offences

They issued 2,006 tickets for speeding in a 30mph zone, 123 tickets in a 40mph zone, 354 in a 50mph zone, 95 in a 60mph and 153 on a national speed limit roads and dual carriageway.

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