Half of UK speed cameras are switched off

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Figures from 36 police forces across the UK revealed only 52% of cameras are actively catching speeding motorists

While only half of speed cameras across the UK are active, there are four UK counties where every fixed spec camera is switched off.

Police forces in Northamptonshire, Cleveland, Durham and North Yorkshire admitted none of their fixed cameras were operational. However, the yellow Gatsos cameras – the most common camera used in the UK – remain in place to deter potential speeders.

Only 36 of the 45 police forces in the UK responded to the Press Association’s Freedom of Information request, but the answers given have caused concern for road safety charity Brake.

Jason Wakeford, director of campaigns for Brake, said: “A staggering 1,800 people lost their lives on British roads last year and speeding is a factor many crashes. “Speed cameras are a proven, cost-effective way of reducing deadly collisions and so it's critical they are operational. We are concerned to see figures which suggest so many are switched off and would urge they are urgently put back into action.”

While four authorities have no active speed cameras at all, 13 other areas have fewer than half their cameras actively catching speeding drivers.

In Staffordshire, only 14 out of 272 fixed cameras are active. And of the 112 cameras In Derbyshire, only 10 of them are switched on.

However, forces in City of London, Northern Ireland and the London Metropolitan Police said all of their fixed cameras were working and active.

Motorists are warned the latest figures do not include mobile speed cameras, vans or radar guns.

If you’d like to know more about speed cameras and their locations, see our guide to speed cameras.

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