Speeding fines increase to five year high

speeding car More than 115,000 people were fined for speeding offences in England and Wales last year - the fines are at the highest number since 2009.

115,549 fines were dished out in 2013, according to figures from the Ministry of Justice.

South Wales had one of the biggest increases, with the number of people fined tripling last year to 6,491, from 2,181. Earlier in 2014 a speed camera in Cardiff generated more than an estimated £800,000 worth of fines in just six months.

While London saw the most people fined last year, the figure for the Metropolitan police area has fallen to 7,736 - its lowest level in five years.

A unnamed spokeshuman for the Department for Transport said: “Speeding can have devastating consequences and it’s right that drivers should abide by the speed limit. These fines were issued at the discretion of the magistrates and show the number of fines issued is in decline across many police force areas.”

Tune in next year to see if 2014 has been beaten!

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