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Drivers rack up £87m speeding fines

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Drivers are risking rising car insurance premiums by racking up fixed penalty fines of more than £65 million a year issued by speed camera partnership schemes.

Total speeding fines clocked up by motorists in the UK in 2008-09, which include court fines for speeding and red light offences, hit £87.3 million, according to the TaxPayers' Alliance and the Drivers' Alliance.

Figures also show that since the introduction of speed cameras in the early 1990s, the number of road casualties has fallen at a slower rate than before their emergence, the groups said.

Of the £87,368,227 fines total, some £65,748,850 was netted by safety camera partnerships in England and Wales, and £19,214,594 was from magistrates' courts fines for speeding offences and neglect of traffic directions, such as lane offences, in England and Wales.

TaxPayers' Alliance chief executive Matthew Elliott said: "These findings show that the state has been squeezing a fortune out of people using these cameras, but if anything the rate of reduction in casualty numbers has slowed. The whole country should follow the example of Swindon, which has scrapped cameras altogether."

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