THOUSANDS of UK speed cameras have been broken – with motorists at risk they will be winked.
One survey found that almost half of the broken device, with others having no active camera at all.
The UK has 1,092 permanent speed cameras on the roads, covering 26 police force areas, but 523 are not working properly.
North Yorkshire, Durham and Northamptonshire have no working cameras at all, while Wiltshire Police relies entirely on Handset.
In some areas, cameras began to stop working ten years ago as funding arrangements changed and they became too expensive to replace.
The minimum penalty for speeding is a £100 fine and three penalty points, with some drivers being offered a speed awareness course.
AA President Edmund King stated the number broken camera which means there is a “lottery postcode” for drivers.
Experts fear that the number of broken cameras is giving strength the driver’s complacency after the death toll rose by 5% in 2020, up from 1,750 in 2019.
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Me King said: “These deaths are completely unnecessary and should not happen. We have safer vehicles; we should have safer roads and safer drivers.
“It is a scandal that five people die every day on our roads. This is completely unacceptable.
“It is true that we hear a lot about the tragic loss of life due to knife crime and that almost eight times more people are killed on the road each year than are killed by knife crime.
“We cannot continue this way. A national commitment from the prime minister is needed to end this carnage.”
AA is calling for more dedicated road traffic officers to be deployed on the roads to tackle dangerous driving and speeding.
Police officers who specialize in investigating road incidents were reduced by 22 people between 2010 and 2014, with cost cuts leading to an additional 18% cut in officers in 2019.
The Confederation of Police will publish a report in the coming months, and is expected to recommend that road control be included in the Strategic Policy Requirement to make it a national priority. .
This will require more accountability from the Home Office, police forces and police chiefs for the provision of road controls.
Recent AA research shows that one in four motorists believe there is little or no chance of being stopped and fined for speeding or drinking while driving in their area.
More than 40% believe it is unlikely to be stopped for using a mobile phone while driving.
The new law, which will go into effect later this year, bans virtually everyone from using cell phones.
Drivers will be banned from scrolling through playlists, taking photos or videos, and playing games – even when the traffic is still.
Violators of the law face a £200 fine and six points.
Mr King added: “Speed cameras are effective but are only part of the arsenal and do nothing to prevent drinking, drugging and other dangerous forms of driving. We need more police in the car.”
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