Do You Live In One Of Britain’s Notorious ‘Speed-Trap’ Towns?

Sat 28th Dec 2019

Drivers in certain parts of the UK are much more likely to be caught speeding than others with huge discrepancies over local policing policies.

The RAC Foundation has published figures which show that some areas of the country could see you 225 times more likely to be caught for speeding. West Yorkshire were the most snap-happy last year, with a total of 181,867 offences, followed by Avon and Somerset (159,000) and the huge area of Met Police and City of London (157,000).

Shockingly, there are some areas of the UK road network which hardly register at all on the list of speeding offences, Wiltshire, which famously turned off all of its speed cameras in 2010 caught just 807 speeding drivers.

Steve Gooding, director at the RAC Foundation, said: “The simple rule for drivers who don’t want to risk ending up with a speeding ticket is not to break the limit in the first place.

“Where limits are properly signposted and clearly feel right for the road in question, motorists have no excuse for going faster.

“But that means highway authorities also have a responsibility to make sure the limits they set are appropriate and to avoid instances where the limit repeatedly bounces up and down along a single stretch.”

In total, across the whole of the UK there were 2.39 million Brits punished for speeding, making up more than four out of five motoring offences.