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County drivers run up £1m speeding tickets in one year
MOTORISTS coughed up almost £1 million last year after being caught speeding in the county.
According to the Safer Roads Partnership (SRP) in West Mercia, a total of £957,385 was paid by 10,483 people after they were found to be driving over the speed limit.
The location that caught out the majority of motorists was the A40 at Pencraig, with 1,958 people having to pay a fixed £100 fine.
A further 2,391 people chose to go on a speed awareness course, which costs £85, after being clocked at the spot near Ross-on-Wye.
At Ganarew, a few miles south of Pencraig, a further 1,425 people were caught.
Other locations where drivers were routinely seen breaking the speed limit included the A417 at Ashperton, Holmer Road in Hereford and Burley Gate.
A total of 847 drivers were spotted in the city while 781 were travelling too quickly in the hamlet.
Anna Higgins, communications manager at the SRP, said: “Unfortunately, a number of motorists still feel that breaking the speed limit is acceptable and enforcement activity aims to deter this and improve the safety of the roads for all those who use them.”
Meanwhile, a mobile speed camera is to be set up in Eardisley later this month.
The SRP found that 15 per cent of people were travelling above 35.2mph on the 30mph stretch of the A4111.
They were asked to take action following concerns from villagers and the parish council.
“Eardisley is a busy community and residents are understandably concerned about the excessive speed of some drivers,” added Anna.
“We hope that the presence of a speed camera will improve driver compliance with the 30mph speed limit and improve the safety of the road for all those who use it.”
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