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PostPosted: Mon Oct 01, 2007 08:01 
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Daily Telegraph

Top 100 speed cameras fine drivers £18m
Last Updated: 1:56am BST 01/10/2007

The country's most "flash-happy" speed cameras have been revealed, with the top 100 last year responsible for dishing out a million penalty points.

A survey has found these cameras alone brought in more than £18 million in the past 12 months - with one of them snaring a speeding driver every two minutes.

The investigation, using Freedom of Information laws, has revealed for the first time how the yellow and grey Gatso cameras have caught so many drivers - and exactly where the busiest cameras are sited.

The rural county of Wiltshire was the place that speeding motorists should fear most.

In just one year, its top 10 cameras issued 42,417 fixed penalty notices between them, amounting to £2.5 million in fines and some 127,000 penalty points. Each penalty sees drivers fined £60 - plus three penalty points. A 30-mile stretch of the A303 across Salisbury Plain is included four times in the county's top 10 cameras.

Paul Smith, the founder of driving campaign site, said: "These 100 sites will convince the public that speed cameras are only about money and never about safety. Drivers know - as if by instinct - that speed cameras don't help them drive more safely."

In all, the top 100 sites in the study issued 312,995 fixed penalties in one year - more than £18 million in total.

The UK is now watched by more than 6,000 fixed and mobile cameras, which the Department for Transport says have cut the number of deaths and serious injuries on the road. However, the DfT is now re-evaluating how it calculates these statistics.

Overall, 21 Safety Camera Partnerships provided a complete response to the request.

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These are the areas of England and Wales with the highest total of fixed penalty notices from their 10 busiest sites, with the number of fixed penalty notices.

1 Wiltshire 42,417
2 Essex 35,859
3 South Wales 35,213
4 Leicestershire 32,549
5 Gtr Manchester 29,805
6 London 28,621
7 Lancashire 28,467
8 Northumbria 27,851
9 West Mercia 27,423
10 Cheshire 24,790

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