UK drivers’ cough up £4m speed cam fines
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BRITAIN’S snap-happy speed cameras cost motorists £4million in fines last year.
Clocking up 60,000 fines at £60-a-time, each camera earned around £1,000-a-day.
The figures, released after a Freedom of Information investigation, show the country’s busiest camera, near junction 25 of the M60 in Bredbury, Manchester, snapped 8,330 drivers, bringing in £500,000.
Critics say speed cameras are “cash cows” but road safety groups claim they play an important role in reducing crashes at accident black spots.
Matthew Sinclair, of the TaxPayers’ Alliance, said: “The authorities should concentrate on making the roads safer, not placing cameras where they will rake in as much as possible.”
The cost of a minor crash can be up to £250,000 – for loss of earnings, medical treatment and emergency service time.