Black Country speeding fine hotspots revealed

The most likely spots for drivers to be caught speeding in the Black Country have been revealed.

Hundreds of drivers have been caught out at the Oldbury Viaduct on the M5
Hundreds of drivers have been caught out at the Oldbury Viaduct on the M5

Thousands of fines have been given to motorists on motorways, A roads and other busy routes over the last year.

Figures revealed the top hotspots where drivers are most likely to be clocked speeding.

Motorists were caught out most often on the M6, southbound between the M54 exit slip road and Junction 10, with 2,412 fines issued in the year to July - equal to six a day.

The next most likely place to be caught in the Black Country is on M5 at the Oldbury Viaduct, northbound between Junctions 2 and 1, where roadworks that have been in place for the last two years have cut the speed limit.

Away from the motorways, on the Black Country New Road, and all the junctions off it, motorists clocked up 2,187 speeding offences with A41 Black Country New Rd at Pacific Ave to Wolverhampton top of the league.

Other places towards the top of the list were Henwood Road, Compton, an area known to be regularly policed, with 684 tickets, and The Droveway, between Barnhurst Lane and Blaydon Road, in Pendeford, where 314 tickets were dished out.

Main roads in Birmingham featured heavily in the overall West Midlands list, due to a combination of more cameras and heavier policing.

They included the A4540 New John Street West, where there were 2,062 speeding offences and A34 New Town Row, where there were 1,717.

In total West Midlands Police recorded 13,544 speeding offences between August 2018 and July 2019, each driver paying £100. This means that drivers have forked out £1,354,400 in a year.

Average speed cameras have recently been rolled out across some part of the Black Country, including on the A449 Stafford Road in Wolverhampton and the Black Country New Road, although most cameras in the region have been switched off since 2013.

Ian Jenkins, from the Wolverhampton Lib Dems, said more needed to be done to make roads safer.

He said: “Speed cameras are proven to reduce casualties on our roads, and the cost of operating them is massively outweighed by the cost to society of the deaths and injuries they prevent.

“We are using these figures to again today call for council action to our roads safer – look at twenty’s plenty for residential streets, fund community speed-watch groups and launch a city-wide road safety campaign.

"Over the last year we have seen a series of accidents, collisions and even deaths on the road we can urge Black Country councils to look at ways to make junctions safer and curb speeding through our area."

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