50mph speed zones snare 11,000 drivers

The M62 in a snowy landscape on the Lancashire-Yorkshire border. looking west towards Oldham.'Picture taken on 18 December 2011.

The M62 in a snowy landscape on the Lancashire-Yorkshire border. looking west towards Oldham.'Picture taken on 18 December 2011.

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MORE than 11,000 speeding drivers were snapped by temporary speed cameras on the M62 last year – a tenfold increase from 2010.

The 50mph average speed cameras caught out 11,180 drivers, figures from West Yorkshire Casualty Reduction Partnership have shown.

The year before just 1,003 drivers were caught and in 2009 it was 734.

If all 11,180 drivers paid a £60 fine, it would raise £670,800.

Although commuters will be used to seeing the yellow cameras on the road for the last four years, these figures only relate to completed schemes and not ongoing work.

From early 2009, work took place to install concrete reservations between Brighouse and Leeds. That continued into 2010.

It is thought detection levels have risen thanks to improved equipment.

The average speed check cameras were put in place after a number of road workers were killed on the motorways over the last few years.

The Highways Agency said: “The safety of the road network is of paramount importance to the Highways Agency.

“Safety cameras are used to help minimise the risk faced by road workers who are often working in difficult conditions next to live traffic and for drivers passing through the works area.”

They urged people to drive within the speed limit when roadworks are in place.

An AA spokesperson said they were surprised by the amount of drivers who had been caught out.

“Generally we approve of average speed cameras as they give motorists more of a chance to slow down. Normally they tend to keep speeds down without prosecuting people and the number of offences detected is usually pretty low.”

In October plans for more works on the motorway were announced with £150m scheme between Brighouse and leeds.

It is planned to open up the hard shoulder to traffic and install overheard gantries.