20mph Cash Cow Catches Houghton Regis Drivers Every Day
A first offender has a £100 fine and three points on their licence to contend with, or faces time off work to attend an education course that costs £90.
In the charts above, the blue columns represent drivers registered in Dunstable, and the red columns those registered in Houghton Regis. The green columns are for all registered drivers, all areas.
Drivers were caught particularly in Drovers Way which has a wide field of vision owing to the open nature of the front gardens, and where motorists may not expect a camera to be.
5814 tickets were issued in the three years the 20 mph zones have been active, between July 2013, and the end of June 2016, all caught by speed cameras. The biggest numbers of tickets were to drivers travelling along Drovers Way towards West Street, and towards Houghton Regis.
A further Freedom of Information request was put in by Houghton Regis News Desk editor, Alan Winter. and these figures were given:
Alan Winter said, "It's been a 20mph cash cow. Until recently there was no large 20 sign painted on the road near the junction with Drovers Way and West Street. Until recent years Drovers Way was a major route to bypass Dunstable town centre. It was a sign-posted route to the zoo."
"Central Bedfordshire Council should now demonstrate that they are actually saving lives, and not just using the cameras to collect money."
Residents in Dunstable have complained on social media about speeding cars in other roads, such as Chiltern Road, Jeans Way, and even the narrow roads of back streets like Edward St, Princes St, Victoria St, but these are not covered by cameras.
Note about the data.
As many of these offences have not yet been finalised figures are subject to change. The numerical data presented in the Freedom of Information response is an un-audited snapshot of unpublished data sourced from "live" systems and is subject to the interpretation of the original request by the individual extracting the data. Link to data.
- 6,000 Speeding Tickets Issued in Dunstable's 20 Zone - August 2016