Safety Cameras

The faster you drive the more likely you are to have an accident. Safety cameras are designed to make you aware of your speed and discourage you from driving too fast. They also gather evidence on drivers who are committing speeding offences.

Safety cameras have been shown to save lives:

  • Instances of personal injury have fallen by 64% at fixed safety camera sites
  • There has been a 67% drop in fatalities at fixed safety camera sites
  • Average speeds of vehicles at the sites have fallen by 8% or 4.2 mph
  • Average speed cameras have proved effective in reducing speeds over longer distances.

Safety cameras include

  • Speed cameras, which record vehicles passing in excess of a pre-defined speed
  • Average speed cameras, which record the average speed of vehicles between two points over longer stretches of road
  • Red light cameras, which record vehicles that pass through a red traffic light.



The penalties

  • Should you be caught speeding or go through a red traffic light, the camera will capture the registration of your vehicle and a Notice of Intended Prosecution will be sent to the registered keeper of the vehicle within 14 days
  • In most instances, as an alternative to prosecution, the driver will be offered a Fixed Penalty Notice of £60, which must be paid within 28 days of the notice being issued, and three penalty points will be endorsed on your licence
  • Penalty points are valid on your licence for three years but you can only apply to have them removed once four years have passed
  • If your speed is above certain limits, you may be prosecuted in court where you will receive a fine and your driving licence will be endorsed with penalty points. You may even be disqualified from driving
  • You'll be disqualified from driving once you have 12 points on your licence. If you're a new driver and you gather 6 or more points in your first 2 years of driving, you will be disqualified and will need to re-sit your theory and practical driving tests
  • Remember, a driving ban or multiple points on your licence may make it more difficult and more expensive to get yourself insured in future.

Facing the fine

  • The responsibility for completing the Notice of Intended Prosecution is with the owner
    of the vehicle who must provide information about the driver of the vehicle at the time
    of the offence
  • Owners who can't identify the driver involved face a fine of up to £1,000 and 6 penalty points on their licence
  • If you choose to ignore the notice and you were the driver of the vehicle involved, penalties are also much higher with a maximum fine of £1,000 (£2,500 for motorway offences) and 3 to 6 penalty points being endorsed on your licence
  • If you don't have the correct personal details on your licence, send it in with the Notice of Intended Prosecution within the 28 day period and it will be returned to you with the penalty points endorsed on it. You can then send it to the DVLA to have the details changed.