A ROAD safety partnership in Suffolk has defended its tactics after the number of road users caught speeding at one of the partnership's mobile camera locations rose from 21 to more than 1,400 in the space of a year.
The data, from a location in Ipswich, shows the number of people caught speeding through the use of mobile equipment went up from 21 in 2008 to 1,434 in 2009, despite there being only one accident on the stretch which lead to serious injury in the past three years.
The data was obtained from Suffolk Police through a Freedom of Information request.
The county's Road Safety Partnership has defended the figures, claiming the area had become a target for mobile units following complaints about speeding from local residents.
Terry Marsh, partnership manager for the Suffolk Safecam road safety partnership, said: “Henley Road has been the subject of a number of complaints over the years of speeding and it’s one of the busy routes into and out of Ipswich, used by commuter traffic, which probably explains why people are in such a hurry.
“It’s not been identified as a particular accident ‘hot spot’ so it is simply in response to complaints of a significant speeding problem.
“There’s no reason or motivation whatsoever to target an area to get large numbers of people speeding, other than to deter these people from speeding because it’s either resulting in a large number of collisions and injuries or because it’s such an issue for people living around the area that it’s affecting the quality of their lives.”
Motoring groups have slated the results, saying the amount of fines dished out does not reflect the location's relatively low accident rate.