Safety cameras

Our three mobile safety camera vans aim to protect communities from the blight of speeding, and reduce the number of accidents and fatalities on our roads.

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The three vans were introduced following a very successful pilot scheme using one mobile safety camera which was introduced on 29 June 2011.

The pilot scheme saw over 26,000 motorists caught speeding, including a motorcyclist caught travelling at 144mph and a biker who rode past a horse and rider at 104mph. A number of motorists were also summonsed to court on charges of dangerous driving as a result of incidents captured by the camera.

The information regarding camera enforcement and the subsequent legal process are continually being reviewed. If you have any questions regarding an alleged offence which is not covered by the information on this website you are advised to seek independent legal advice.

Why have mobile safety cameras?

Safety camera van Despite the continuous enforcement, education and engagement operations carried out by North Yorkshire Police and the "95 Alive" York and North Yorkshire Road Safety Partnership, casualty data revealed that excessive or inappropriate speed was responsible for 24% of all road deaths in North Yorkshire over the three years to 2010.

The county is also very popular with bikers who travel from all over the region to take advantage of the picturesque and challenging routes.

  • 20 motorcyclists lost their lives on the county's roads in 2010,
  • 11 motorcyclists died in 2011,
  • 5 motorcyclists died in 2012.

Camera van - interior With the unacceptable death toll in mind, and following a detailed feasibility study into the benefits and practical considerations of safety cameras, North Yorkshire Police made the decision to introduce a mobile safety camera pilot on 29 June 2011.

The force has recorded a 50% reduction in speed related fatal collisions during 2011, from 14 in 2010 to 7 in 2011.

During the first 12 months of the mobile safety camera pilot, fatal and serious injury collisions were reduced by 46% at identified sites. Fatal and serious injury collisions where speed is a contributory factor have reduced by 59%.

Julia Mulligan, Police and Crime Commissioner for North Yorkshire, said: "Tacking speeding is central to reducing harm, improving quality of life and maintaining a safe North Yorkshire. I am delighted we can now roll out two extra mobile safety cameras which will not only protect communities from the blight of speeding, but also reduce the number of accidents and fatalities on our roads."

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Speed awareness courses

A speed awareness course is offered to first time offenders who meet certain criteria. This is an educational alternative to receiving a speeding conviction and penalty points on your driving licence.

The safety camera vans will be self-funding with part of the cost of the £85 speed awareness course being used to fund the running costs.

Any excess cash after the running costs have been deducted will be ring-fenced to fund future road safety projects which will be identified by the "95 Alive" York and North Yorkshire Road Safety Partnership

Read more about speed awareness courses.

Where will the vans be deployed?

Camera van - lens The vans will be deployed to routes identified through intelligence and collision data as well as those highlighted by local communities who are blighted by speeding motorists. These routes will be regularly reviewed and updated with the latest information relating to collisions and speeding.

The routes where the mobile safety cameras operate are available on our website in the section Deployment and results.