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The Area Of The UK Where Speed Cameras Flash 850 Times A Day

Many of us have experienced that dreaded ‘flash’ in the rearview mirror when we know a speed camera has been activated. There then follows an anxious wait for the post to see if we face a fine or a speed awareness course.

Of course, law-abiding motorists will be flash-free on their drives, but others will be caught out. And a freedom on information request has shown the police force area where the most camera activations take place.

Car Lease Special Offers sent FOI requests to police forces in the UK, to find out which speed cameras were catching drivers out the most. As well as revealing which areas were causing the biggest amount of speed camera activations between January 2019 – March 2022.’

It was drivers in West Yorkshire that seemed to have activated the most speed cameras during the period of January 2019 to March 2022. They activated the speed cameras 1,005,830 times.

That’s an average of nearly 850 flashes a day – if all these activations led to prosecutions at the minimum fine amount of £100 each, it could total an eye-watering amount of £10,058,3000.

The next top area was those covered by the Metropolitan police, with 789,621 recorded camera offences – which is an average of 666 a day. And then Sussex police with 272,245. On the other end of the table it was Derbyshire speed cameras that were going off the least, only activated 34,177 times in the last three years. This averages around 28 flashes a day.

Areas with the most speed camera activations

Police Force Area

Total Activations

Flashes per Day (Average)

Flashes per Hour (Average)

West Yorkshire

1,005,830

848

35

Metropolitan

789,621

666

27

Sussex

272,245

229

9

West Midlands

255,722

215

8

Kent

251,833

212

8

Surrey

243,677

205

8

North Yorkshire

227,945

192

8

South Yorkshire

214,582

181

7

Devon and Cornwall

209,428

176

7

Bedfordshire

204,793

172

7

Will Bullen, an automotive expert at Car Lease Special Offers added: “While speeding continues to be the biggest offender when it comes to driving fines, it’s important to remember to stick to the speed limit and avoid dangerous driving that could cause harm to yourself and other road users.

“The highway code states that a speeding fine is £1,000, which rises to £2,500 for motorway offences, as well as that you could receive 3-6 points on your licence. Before you travel make sure you know the route you wish to travel on or research it before you go on a trip, and leave yourself plenty of time to arrive at your destination to avoid having to speed up and get caught by a camera.”

Area

Location

Total Activations

Flashes per day (average)

Surrey

M25 J7-16

75803

63

Kent

A282 Dartford Tunnel Approach Road/West Tunnel/East Tunnel

52548

44

Bedfordshire

A1081 Airport Way, Luton

43783

36

Surrey

M3 J2-4a

40150

33

Sussex

A270 Lewes Road Brighton J/W Coldean Lane

35897

30

Scotland

A90 Average Speed Dundee to Stonehaven

32253

27

Kent

M25 Clockwise Junction 5 to Clacket Lane Services/Anti-Clockwise Clacket Lane Services to Junction 5

29227

25

Devon and Cornwall

A386 milehouse , new camera type

26179

22

Leicestershire

A5460 Narborough Road / Fullhurst Avenue, Leicester

23124

20

Surrey

M23 J8-10 scheme

20888

18