Speeding drivers caught on camera

A police officer operating the camera equipment
A police officer operating the camera equipment

A MOBILE police camera detected 75 speeding violations on its first day of operation, it has been revealed.

The vehicle began patrolling the A64 and A171 roads out of Scarborough and at other locations throughout North Yorkshire on Friday.

Drivers who are snapped speeding by the state-of-the-art camera could be handed fines, penalty points or be hauled before the courts.

A spokesman for North Yorkshire Police said the highest speed detected was a car recorded at 112mph on the A64 near Malton.

Officers will be carrying out mobile safety camera enforcement on the same roads at various times from today until next Tuesday.

They say they have introduced the van, which is also capable of detecting drivers using mobile phones or not wearing seatbelts, in an effort to reduce casualties on the region’s roads.

North Yorkshire was previously the only area in the country to have no fixed or mobile police speed cameras.

Police claim the grey van is “highly-visible,” although it lacks any of the illuminous markings which are used on stationary cameras or police vans.

The camera technology used within the van can detect the speed of approaching and receding traffic from up to 1,000 metres away and is able to capture 360 degree images of its location.