Number of speeding drivers on the rise

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THREE times as many motorists have broken the speed limit since the county’s speed cameras were turned off in April, police have revealed.

However, Northamptonshire Police officers said that in the first four months since the switch off they have not seen any increase in the number of people killed or seriously injured on the roads.

Every speed camera in Northamptonshire was turned off on April 1 after Northamptonshire County Council voted to disband the Casualty Reduction Partnership which ran them.

Chief Inspector Sean Bell, from the specialist operations team, said: “During the first four months there has been no increase in the number of people being killed or seriously injured when compared to the same period in 2010. However, what has been noticeable is the increase in speed at which people are now travelling.”

Despite turning off the cameras, police said they had still caught around 8,000 speeding motorists this year. Traffic officers have also increased the use of their four mobile speed traps.