What happens when you get caught by a speed camera?

This weekend a further 17 locations around Leicester and the county are to become routine patrol spots for the county’s mobile speed camera van. After carrying out surveys in the areas, the Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland Road Safety Partnership (LLRRSP) has added the sites to its list of places where speeding is a problem.

But what happens if a speed camera catches you? The answer is the same whether it a mobile speed camera van or a fixed camera on one of the county’s roads.

If you didn’t notice the flash from the camera as you sped past, the first thing you will know about it will be a letter coming through your door. The partnership, which is a local body formed by Leicestershire Police, Highways England and local councils, is responsible for both kinds of cameras and will send out the letters.

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The letters are sent to the registered owner of the car – not necessarily the person who was driving – and they are “notices of intended prosecution” rather than fines. They ask for confirmation of who was driving the vehicle at the time the camera caught it.

From then on, the cases can go one of three ways. If the speed the vehicle was travelling at was only a few miles per hour more than the speed limit, the driver could be offered the option of taking a speed awareness course.

However, any driver who has already done such as course within the past three years will not be eligible for the course. Those who are not able to do the course instead will have their cases referred to the courts.

Usually drivers do not attend the courts and the fines are dealt with administratively, with the local magistrates’ court sending a fine for £100 to the driver who has admitted being behind the wheel.

The third possible outcome is when the speed recorded is very high. A higher speed means a more severe punishment and the driver can expect to receive a court summons, giving them the opportunity to appear in court and try to minimize the fine and possible disqualification period the magistrates’ decide to impose.

To see the full list of new speed camera locations around the county from this week, click here.

Leicestershire Live – Leicester News