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DfT: Speeding can have devastating consequences

The Wesminter Department for Transport has commented on England and Wales figures showing a rise in the number of speeding fines issued to motorists.

Speeding can have devastating consequences and it's right that drivers should abide by the speed limit.

These fines were issued at the discretion of the magistrates and show the number of fines issued is in decline across many police force areas.

– Westminster Department for Transport spokeswoman

Welsh drivers see surge in speeding fines

There has been a surge in the number of people caught speeding, according to figures released by the Ministry of Justice.

More than 115,000 people were fined for speeding offences in England and Wales last year - the highest number since 2009.

South Wales has seen one of the biggest increases, with the number of people fined tripling last year to 6,491, from 2,181 three years earlier.

The speed camera on Newport Road in Cardiff, which is thought to be the UK's most prolific. Credit: Benjamin Wright/PA Wire

This year, a speed camera in Cardiff made headlines after generating more than an estimated £800,000 worth of fines in just six months.

The device - on the junction of Newport Road and Colchester Avenue - caught 13,624 speeding motorists and a further 146 running red lights between January and June, according to road safety group GoSafe Wales.

Weekend weather forecast: Remaining cold and icy

The snow, rain and sleet which has hit Wales on Boxing Days is due to clear this evening and overnight. It will remain cold though, leaving icy roads, and some more wintry showers to the west. Minimum temperature -2C.

The Met Office's yellow warning for snow is valid until 6am on Saturday morning.

It is due to remain cold, and icy, over the weekend. Credit: PA

It will be a cold start to Saturday, with icy patches possible. There will then be some sunny spells and scattered wintry showers for many, but heaviest to the west. Maximum temperature 4C.

Sunday to Tuesday will be dry, with light winds and some bright or clear periods. It will remain cold, with widespread overnight frosts and some freezing fog patches.


'White Christmas' arrives in Wales - just a day late

The heavy snowfall across large parts of North and Mid Wales has brought a 'white Christmas' for many - just a day late.

Hannah Burns made this snowman, after heavy snowfall in Glyn Ceiriog, Wrexham. Credit: Hannah Burns
This photograph was taken in Prestatyn this evening, with snow continuing to fall. Credit: MajorApolloTom
Luke Oare sent this photograph of snow outside of his home in Brynford, Flintshire. Credit: Luke Oare

Safety warnings after heavy snowfall across Wales

Emergency services here have reiterated safety warnings after heavy snowfall across large parts of Wales on Boxing Day.

North West and North East Wales have received the largest amount of snow. It has mainly fallen as rain further south.

The A470 near Dolgellau, Gwynedd, was impassable for a time. Credit: Elwyn Roberts
Snow has been falling heavily in Chirk, Wrexham. Credit: Roland Davies
This photograph shows the extent of snow underfoot in Llanasa, Flintshire. Credit: Geraint - @EvsGWales

South Wales Fire and Rescue Service reported a number of road crashes, including two on the M4 near Bridgend, and a car overturning on Rhigos Mountain.

Photos: Heavy snowfall across North and Mid Wales

There has been heavy snowfall across large parts of Wales this afternoon.

This photograph shows the Crimea Pass in Snowdonia. Credit: Chris Parry
This photograph was taken at Glyn Ceiriog, near Wrexham. Credit: Glyn Ceiriog

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