M1 cameras catch thousands

M1 motorway
M1 motorway

Thousands of motorists have been fined for breaking speed limits imposed during M1 roadworks near Daventry.

In the last three months of 2014, 9,280 motorists were caught by the cameras, put up to monitor the lowered speed limit between junctions 16 (Flore) and 19 (Crick).

A 50mph speed limit is in place to make the area safer for road workers.

The number of fines equates to an average 100 per day. The minimum penalty for speeding is £100, so the cameras led to at least £928,000 in fines being handed out in just those three months. It appears some speeding motorists could be endangering themselves, other motorists and workers. Figures from the Highways Agency revealed 94 road traffic collisions have occurred between junction 19 and 16 since the work started.

The figures do not take into account an eight car pile-up on Thursday evening and three other accidents to have taken place over the past seven days

Inspector Ian Wills said: “More than 200,000 people use the M1 through Northamptonshire every day and the vast majority drive sensibly and within the speed limit.

“Unfortunately, there is a small minority who ignore the limits. This is particularly dangerous in the current roadworks, where cars pass just metres away from people working on the road and sections of the hard shoulder are closed. We have already seen one fatality in the roadworks and we do not want to see any more. Motorists need to remember the speed limits are there for a reason; the speed cameras are working and motorists face either a heavy fine or a driving ban if they drive too fast.

“They should also avoid tailgating other vehicles, particularly lorries, and swapping lanes when the signs say it is forbidden.

“On occasions when people do break down, drivers and passengers should get out of their vehicles and find a safe place to wait by the side of the road until a recovery vehicle arrives.”