35,000 speeding vehicles caught by Sunderland cameras

Speed cameras have claimed thousands of victims.
Speed cameras have claimed thousands of victims.
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SPEED cameras in Sunderland have caught thousands of speeding drivers, according to new figures obtained by the Echo.

Across Sunderland there are five fixed cameras and in total they snapped more than 35,000 offences in the past six years.

FILE PIC taken 16 AUGUST 2004''Date: 16/08/2004   Photographer: PB    'SPEED CAMERA AND SIGN, ON WHITBURN ROAD, SUNDERLAND

FILE PIC taken 16 AUGUST 2004''Date: 16/08/2004 Photographer: PB 'SPEED CAMERA AND SIGN, ON WHITBURN ROAD, SUNDERLAND

The information, which was obtained under a Freedom of Information request to the police, also revealed the punishments that were handed down as a result. Almost half the total number of offences were settled by a fine that was paid by the offender and nearly 2,000 cases were sent to the courts to deal with.

Just over 8,000 cases resulted in a speed awareness workshop being attended, with one of two centres offering these courses situated in Sunderland.

There are almost 1,500 incidents from the list still outstanding.

Of the remaining 10,000 cases these either resulted in no further action, it was an emergency vehicle caught or the offender was never traced.

The Echo can also reveal that half of all accidents in Sunderland occur at T-junctions, a third happen at roundabouts and just under 50 per cent on A roads.

In 2007 a new partnership called Northumbria Safer Roads Initiative was established to help reduce the number of people killed or seriously injured on roads in the North East.

Speed cameras across the region come under the partnership’s remit as well as catching mobile phone offences, not being in proper control and red-light jumping.

They also operate 23 mobile speed cameras across Wearside but refused to release information regarding how many people these cameras have caught.

The partnership states that money collected through speeding fines is sent direct to the Treasury so to ensure that there is no element of profit for either the police or the local authorities.

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