Police forces across the country reveal speed camera thresholds for drivers
The latest figures show that nearly three-quarters of all traffic offenses are speeding.
But breaking the speed limit doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll get caught on camera, as many police forces across the country include a bit of wiggle room for drivers, according to Plymouth Live.
Riverdale leasing sent a Freedom of Information request to all 43 UK police forces asking for the speed camera activation threshold for devices under their jurisdiction.
Of the 21 responses received, some 57% of police forces indicated that the speed camera threshold is 10% plus 2 mph.
This means that if you are driving in a 30 mph zone, you will only activate a speed camera if you are driving at 35 mph or more. If you accelerated in a 40 mph zone, you would hit the threshold at 46 mph.
Other authorities explained that the officers used their discretion or that the information could not be released to the public. Here are the full results of Riverdale Leasing’s research…
Speed camera thresholds
Police Constabulary Speed camera activation threshold
- Avon and Somerset 10% + 2 mph
- City of London 10% + 2 mph
- Cumbria 10% + 2 mph
- Derbyshire 10% + 2 mph
- Devon and Cornwall 10% + 2 mph
- Durham 10% + 2 mph
- Gloucestershire 10% + 2 mph
- Humberside 10% + 2 mph
- Kent 10% + 2 mph
- North Yorkshire 10% + 2 mph
- Essex 10% + 2 mph
- Lancashire +3 mph up to 9 mph
- Bedfordshire Refused to release information
- Hampshire Refused to release information
- Hertfordshire Refused to release information
- Leicestershire Refused to release information
- Northamptonshire Refused to release information
- Northumbria Refused to release information
- West Midlands Refused to release information
- Wiltshire Devices are not set to a particular speed. Officers use their own discretion when setting the threshold
- Lincolnshire +2 mph up to 66 mph and +3% for all speeds above 66 mph
Government research finds that more than half of UK drivers (55%) speed at all times, on average. Drivers are more likely to break the law in 20mph zones, with a whopping nine in 10 drivers speeding on these roads. This may be because 20mph roads are often quieter or drivers haven’t realized the lower limit is in effect.
However, the 20 mph limit is generally in place for school zones where children are crossing, making it extremely dangerous if you choose to speed.
Roads with a 30mph limit also have more speeders than otherwise; government statistics show that three in five drivers (62%) exceed the limit in these areas.