Sunderland’s £106,000 speed camera is the busiest in Tyne and Wear

Speed cameras on Ryhope Road, outside Southmoor School Sunderland.
Speed cameras on Ryhope Road, outside Southmoor School Sunderland.
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THIS camera is snapping more speeding drivers than any other in Tyne and Wear.

The machine, in Ryhope Road, Sunderland – close to Southmoor School – caught 1,770 cars breaking the limit last year, helping rake in more than £106,000.

Violet Atkinson

Violet Atkinson

In total, speed cameras across the city flashed 3,693 drivers in 2012, bringing in revenue of £221,580.

Today, a mother whose son was killed by a speeding driver, made this plea to city motorists: “Please slow down to help save a life”.

According to new figures, the second busiest speed camera in the city was in the A690 Durham Road, catching 1,021 speeding drivers.

The other camera in Ryhope Road came in third, flashing 520 motorists, while the camera in Front Street, East Boldon, snapped 268 drivers.

This was followed by 114 flashes for the camera in Chester Road, Shiney Row.

Violet Atkinson is still fighting to come to terms with the loss of son Steven, killed on a Sunderland road aged just 12.

The 41-year-old said: “This just shows too many driver are still speeding. They are ignoring the camera and not caring that they’re going to get caught.

“This says to me we need harsher punishments, bigger fines, threats of bans to make them think twice before putting their foot down.”

Sandhill View School pupil Steven had been crossing the road at The Broadway, Grindon, in October 2009, when he was hit by Ross Telfer’s car.

The then 21-year-old, of Chester-le-Street, had been driving at 53mph in a 30mph zone and was given 16 months in jail after admitting causing death by careless driving.

Since then Violet has vowed to educate motorists to the dangers of driving, backing anti-speed organisation Brake in many of their campaigns.

Jeremy Forsberg, from Safe Speed for Life partnership – which includes Northumbria Police and Sunderland Council – said drivers in Ryhope Road should be aware of the camera outside the school which has been there for a number of years.

He added: “There is a big yellow box, plus visible signs leading up to the camera.

“But it would seem that is not enough warning for drivers who are still speeding, still getting caught and still putting lives at risk.”

Only one in four fixed cameras in the region are active at any one time.

Mr Forsberg added: “The partnership prefers that cameras act as a deterrent and people stick to the speed limits rather than getting caught. All sites are signed and adhere to notices on speed restrictions.”

Mr Forsberg said: “Cameras are reviewed on a regular basis to ensure they continue to serve their purpose – to save lives.”

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