AN ABSENT-minded speeding driver has been caught out more than a dozen times by new speed cameras.

The dozy driver has been captured 14 times by new average speed cameras along Brighton’s seafront which only began operating at the end of May.

The camera has captured hundreds of law-breakers behind the wheel in a matter of weeks including one speeder who is facing a court appearance after driving at more than double the 30mph speed limit.

Road safety bosses said the effectiveness of the cameras in reducing accidents would be reviewed before a decision on rolling them out across the county was taken.

The first permanent average speed cameras in the county were installed by Sussex Safer Roads Partnership (SSRP) in Marine Parade, Brighton, and between the Marina and Grosvenor Crescent in Hastings earlier this year and went live at the end of May.

Between then and the first week of August, more than 1,800 vehicles have been caught travelling at more than 36mph along the Brighton coastal road including one driver clocked travelling at 63mph.

The rate of offenders is lower than during tests last year when almost a tenth of drivers travelling along Marine Parade in Brighton, which carries 27,000 vehicles a month, were found to exceed the 36mph threshold for receiving a £100 fine.

Drivers caught travelling at more than 36mph can elect to have their case heard at court, with speed awareness courses offered to offenders caught between 36mph and 42mph.

Motorists driving at 50mph or over are summonsed to court.

A SSRP spokeswoman said: “The overall compliance is in excess of 99.6 per cent of vehicle total movements which we hope will further improve in the future but does show the vast majority of road users are aware of and comply with the scheme.

“A great deal of effort went in to publicising the scheme prior to enforcement taking place, using local and social media plus variable messages on the roadside to ensure high compliance.

“The new schemes will be subject to a review by the partnership to establish their effectiveness in reducing collisions.

“Decisions about further schemes will then be made in conjunction with the local highway authorities who are partnership members.

“Each scheme has to be costed on a scheme by scheme basis.”

The spokeswoman added that repeat offenders could face tougher penalties should they already have sufficient points on their licence or if the licence holder has attended a speed awareness course in the last three years.