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Anger at £1.3m-a-year speed camera

Source PA News

Updated on 07 July 2010

A campaign group has been protesting against a speed camera which nets around £1.3 million a year in fines despite there being just one serious injury on the road since 1999.

An average 1,843 motorists a month are each hit with a £60 ticket after being caught over the 30mph limit on the dual carriageway in Poole, Dorset.

Road safety action group Dorset Speed said the fines are dished out despite the fact that there has only been one serious injury in 11 years.

The camera, on the A350 Holes Bay road, was originally installed to catch drivers going through red traffic lights but was changed into a speed camera under an initiative called Speed on Green. Angry motorists have labelled the scheme Greed on Green.

Dorset Speed obtained the figures after complaining to the Information Commissioner. The group claimed Dorset Safety Camera Partnership refused to release the data which showed the fines totalled around £108,000 a month which equated to "a staggering" £1.3 million.

It said the limit is "completely inappropriate" for a wide open dual carriageway with little pedestrian or residential activity and is "wildly inconsistent" with other roads in the area.

"There is clearly no justification whatsoever for such a low speed limit or extreme enforcement on Holes Bay," the group said.

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