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Figures obtained by the country’s leading traffic lawyer reveal the yawning gulf between motorists caught speeding by fixed cameras, and those caught by uniformed traffic officers.

The statistics – acquired by Nick Freeman, aka Mr Loophole, under the Freedom of Information of Act from six forces – comes the day after the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) called for even more average speed cameras to help reduce air pollution on the nation’s A roads.

In 2011, Merseyside Police caught a total of 48,675 drivers for speeding – 38,220 by camera and 10,455 by police officers. Last year, whilst a total of 59,359 motorists in were caught, just 4,754 via a uniformed police officer.

In 2011, South Yorkshire Police caught 2,751 speeders which had dropped to 702 last year.

The figures for Kent Police show that in 2011 51,517 drivers were caught by speed camera and 6,109 by traffic officers. Whilst the number caught for speeding by fixed camera had risen to 65,333 last year, the numbers caught by police officers had fallen to 1,771.

In 2014, West Midlands caught a total of 52,331 for speeding – 49,519 by camera and 2,812 by officers.

Last year, speed cameras in Gloucestershire detected 18,088 speeding offences whilst for police officers it was just 1,162.

Mr Freeman said: “For a long time I have openly criticised the increasing reliance of speed cameras to robotically police the nation’s roads and motorway networks.

“Whilst it’s abundantly clear that they are highly efficient at detecting drivers going over the speed limit, they are utterly blind to a whole multitude of other sins which are often far more serious than the speeding offences they are designed to detect.

“They are cash tills designed to fill dwindling coffers. They can’t detect if someone is drink or drug driving, dangerous driving, illegally using a mobile phone, carrying stolen goods or weapons, etc, etc, etc.”

Mr Freeman added: “Uniformed officers on the roads are also a huge deterrent and better equipped to enforce the law than any camera system. What these startling statistics show is that detection by police presence is being gradually phased out.”

*Those who responded to the request were Gloucestershire, Kent, Leicestershire, West Midlands, Merseyside and South Yorkshire.

Freedom of Information Data

Leicestershire Police

Year

Motorists in Total Caught Speeding

Total motorists caught by speed cameras

Total motorists caught by traffic officers

2011

n/a

42,542

n/a

2012

n/a

32,131

n/a

2013

34,228

32,611

1617

2014

47,269

46,032

1237

2015

38, 455

37,613

842


Merseyside Police

Year

Motorists in Total Caught Speeding

Total motorists caught by speed cameras

Total motorists caught by traffic officers

2011

48675

38220

10455

2012

46623

38545

8078

2013

50,472

43,106

7366

2014

51,022

43,893

7129

2015

59,359

54,614

4754

 

Kent Police

Year

Motorists in Total Caught Speeding

Total motorists caught by speed cameras

Total motorists caught by traffic officers

2011

57,517

51,408

6109

2012

57,722

54,218

3504

2013

65,333

63,562

1771

2014

62,969

61,821

1148

2015

55,488

54,333

1155

 

West Midlands

Year

Motorists in Total Caught Speeding

Total motorists caught by speed cameras

Total motorists caught by traffic officers

2011

76,404

72,620

3784

2012

68,748

64,500

4248

2013

45,805

42,175

3630

2014

52,331

49,519

2812

2015

44,745

41,468

3277

 

Gloucestershire Constabulary

Year

Motorists in Total Caught Speeding

Total motorists caught by speed cameras

Total motorists caught by traffic officers

2011

10,964

9640

1324

2012

12,499

11,517

982

2013

15,004

13,686

1318

2014

20,944

20,154

790

2015

18,088

16,926

1162

 

South Yorkshire Police

Year

Motorists in Total Caught Speeding

Total motorists caught by speed cameras

Total motorists caught by traffic officers

2011

62929

60178

2751

2012

48931

46786

2145

2013

62472

60471

2001

2014

51351

50494

857

2015

57472

56770

702

 

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