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Emma Cartonat 7:40 on November 10, 2019.

With speed crimes at record levels throughout England and Wales, the Road Safety Organization Brake warns that exceeding the speed limit can have "devastating consequences".

The Devon and Cornwall police reported 19,094 traffic tickets paid by drivers in front of the camera in 2018. According to statistics of the Ministry of Interior, this is 7% more than in 2017.

This was far more than the 9,190 paid when comparable records began in 2011.

Not every snapshot resulted in a fine – in total, cameras flashed in the last year in Devon and Cornwall for 46,363 speeding injuries.

Drivers who have exceeded the speed limit face potential penalties ranging from a fine to participation in a speed awareness course to legal proceedings.

The police may, at their discretion, send someone to a retraining course for drivers, including those with a sense of speed.

However, those in need of retraining can attend a course only once every three years, even if they repeat the same offense.

In Devon and Cornwall, speeding detected by the camera resulted in 2,186 court cases and 24,593 driver retraining. There was also an incomplete and canceled fine.

Throughout England and Wales, speed limit violations reached their highest level since 2011 last year.

"Exceeding the speed limit by any amount can have devastating consequences, and drivers who selfishly ignore speed limits pose serious risks not only to themselves, but to other road users as well.

"Speed ​​cameras play a vital role in enforcing our traffic rules and are a proven, cost-effective way to reduce speed and avoid deaths and serious injuries.

"However, road safety is not just about enforcement, we need safer speed limits, safer vehicles and safer road infrastructure to ensure that no trip ends in tragedy and we all manage to get home safely to our loved ones."

Samuel Nahk, brake

Cameras detected 97% of the 2.1 million offenses recorded by police in England and Wales last year and 74% of cases where drivers neglected traffic.

This may be, for example, that traffic signs such as "right of way" are not followed.

Motorists who have been found to have committed a retracement course in about 45% of the cases, with a penalty well above the 14% reported in 2011.

Another 40% of the crimes resulted in a fine and 15% in legal action.

The full figures for Cornwall and Great Britain can be found here.

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