Police speed campaign punishes drivers

North Yorkshire Police's mobile speed camera van.
North Yorkshire Police's mobile speed camera van.

A CAMPAIGN to drive down speed in the Scarborough area has caught more than 1,000 offenders.

North Yorkshire Police’s speed camera patrols have caught 638 motorists over the limit on the A1039 in Flixton during the last six months.

The campaign also saw 192 drivers punished for excessive speed on the Seamer bypass, and 539 motorists on the A64 Malton bypass.

Cases have included a 57-year-old Scarborough man handed six penalty points and a £265 fine for driving a van at 88mph on the A64, and a 55-year-old Hull motorcyclist who was disqualified for 14 days after travelling at 94mph on the A165 near Reighton.

Inspector Dave Brown, Head of Strategic Roads Policing, said he was buoyed by the results.

He added: “At this stage it’s too early to say what impact the pilot is having on casualty reduction or overall driver behaviour but we are encouraged by the reduction in high-end and mid-range offences and hope this continues.

“The van has provided a valuable extra tool in our roads policing capability the fool-proof way not to get caught by the camera is simple – don’t speed.”

The camera van is again scheduled to patrol the A64 Seamer bypass, Seamer Road, Stoney Haggs Road and the B1249 at Staxton Wold until Tuesday, though locations are subject to change.