75% of speed cameras not working
Only one in four speed cameras on Kent’s roads is working, according to fresh data.
A Freedom of Information request to Kent Police by the Press Association revealed that of the 77 static cameras on the county’s highways, 19 (25%) are operational.
The data shows that out of 2,838 fixed cameras across the entire UK, only 1,486 or 52% are operational.
Kent’s figures are similar for Essex, where only a third of the 100 fixed-speed cameras are switched on. Northamptonshire has 39 cameras, none of which is working. And in Staffordshire only 5% of the 272 are working.
David Currie, head of traffic prosecutions for Kent Police, said: “They provide a proven deterrence to drivers exceeding the speed limit but are just one of a number of ways police to try to keep road users safe.
“Speeding is one for the four most common causes of a serious or fatal collision and choosing to break a limit which has been put in place to keep people safe is irresponsible and reckless.”