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Speeding in A23 roadworks costs drivers £50,000
Speed cameras have generated more than £50,000 in fines in their first month.
More than 2,500 motorists were caught exceeding the 40mph limit by average speed cameras installed to monitor traffic moving through roadworks on the A23 between Handcross and Warninglid.
The cameras will rake in £1.2 million over the two years they are in place if they continues to snap motorists at the current rate.
Since the end of September the |specialist cameras have caught an average of one motorist every twenty minutes along the two-and-a-half mile stretch.
Road safety campaigners hailed the figures saying they showed that 99.9% |of the 70,000 drivers who use the road every day were observing the limit.
More than 800 drivers caught travelling between 54mph and 65mph have been issued with a £60 fine, meaning the section raised more than £50,000 in its first month.
With the roadworks and cameras scheduled to stay in place until autumn 2014, the cameras could end up handing out fines totalling more than £1.2 million. All income raised goes to the Treasury.
Nearly 50 motorists caught travelling at 66mph were charged with exceeding the speed limit and will appear in court where they could face driving bans, fines, points on their licence and community service.
The worst offender was caught travelling at more than twice the new speed limit when they were clocked doing 82mph.
More than 1,600 motorists were given the opportunity to attend a speed awareness course for travelling between 46mph and 53mph.
If they refuse, or have already attended a similar course in the last three years, they are also liable to pay a £60 fine and receive three penalty points.
The proportion of motorists adhering to the new speed limits has increased significantly since the cameras were first put in place.
Early tests showed that one in a hundred motorists initially exceeded the speed limit but this has dropped to one in a thousand through October.
The high-tech speed cameras, which are able to read number plates, are being used in the county for the first time and allow any offence to be processed within a matter of days – far faster than ever before.
Phil Henty, operations manager for the Sussex Safer Roads Partnership, said: “With approximately 70,000 vehicles using the A23 every day, the latest figures demonstrate overwhelmingly that the vast majority of drivers recognise the need for and are complying with the lowered limit.”
Highways Agency project leader Chris Bacon said: “I am pleased to hear that compliance with the speed limit has reached such a high level.
“For us, the best speed camera is one that takes no fines at all but encourages every driver to keep within the limit, which is there for everyone’s safety.”
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