VIDEO | Almost 10,000 motorists caught by M32 speed cameras in just 2 months
Temporary average speed cameras on the M32 have been removed this week – but not before they caught nearly 10,000 motorists speeding.
The cameras started snapping drivers along the M23 in April and within 15 days they had already detected a massive 6,000 cars going too fast.
A 40mph speed limit has been in place on part of the 4.4 mile-long motorway since 2014.
The temporary average speed cameras were installed by Highways England along the Eastville flyover and its approaches to enforce the 40mph speed limit while workers repaired parts of the road.
By the end of the first month the cameras had caught 7,057 motorists – over 200 per day.
The temporary average speed cameras were removed at the start of this week as work neared completion – but not before they caught a final total of 9,651 motorists speeding.
And there’s more bad news if you were one of the drivers caught.
New penalties for speeding came into force recently, meaning that motorists exceeding the limit could be stung with fines of up to £2,500.
This is more than a 150 per cent spike compared to the current maximum of £1,000.
While drivers may be rejoicing that the speed cameras have been removed they won’t have long to enjoy it.
Permanent cameras are coming online on July 1 to enforce the 40mph limit between the railway bridge at Junction 3 and the beginning of Newfoundland Way.
MetroBus spokesman Paul Marshall said the average speed cameras have been installed for ‘safety reasons’ because there will be four lanes of traffic on the stretch.
A spokesman for Highways England said: “Average speed restrictions have been removed now the main part of the M32 Eastville barrier works are complete. There will still be some overnight closures while the final work is completed.
“Permanent speed cameras on the nearby MetroBus extended bus lane section will remain coned off until they become live.”