An average of 78 drivers a day were caught speeding in Leicestershire and fined a total of nearly £3 million in 2020 – despite the coronavirus restrictions.
Road safety officials are disappointed that despite a drop in traffic by up to 90% at times, 28,871 drivers were caught speeding on the roads throughout the city and county.
This year, fines totalling £2,878,100 were handed out to drivers caught by speed cameras in Leicestershire.
Last year, 48,819 drivers were caught speeding – an average of 133 a day. This brought in fines totalling £4.8 million.
The standard speeding fine is £100, as well as three points on the driver’s licence.
Speed cameras are run by Leicester, Leicestershire & Rutland Road Safety Partnership, which is made up of Leicestershire Police and local councils.
Jonathan Clarkson, Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland Road Safety Partnership spokesperson said: “From late March our traffic volumes had dropped by around 90%, by late May they had risen to about half of its usual levels rising gradually to over 90% by November.
“This has no doubt had an effect on our speed and red light enforcement totals this year, however, it is disappointing to note that we still recorded so many offences despite extended periods of the Covid-19 lockdown and Government advice to only travel for essential reasons.
“I’d like to take this opportunity to remind drivers that excessive or in appropriate speed has a devastating impact on the safety of road users, increasing both the risk of a crash and the severity of the consequences.
“The risk of death is approximately four times higher when a pedestrian is hit at 40 mph compared to 30 mph and it is estimated that speeding contributes to as many as a third of all fatal collisions.
“Almost daily Leicestershire Police are attending incidents where someone is killed or seriously injured, speed is a major factor in most of these collisions.”
Mr Clarkson said that speeding fines are paid directly to central government via the courts not through Leicestershire Police.