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Northamptonshire speeding rises since camera switch-off

Three times as many drivers were caught speeding after safety cameras were switched off in Northamptonshire, a police authority report has revealed.

Between April and July, about 8,000 drivers were caught speeding by police with mobile cameras.

A six-week study over the same period found speeding had risen three-fold compared with when cameras were in use.

About 40 fixed cameras were switched off in March after funding was stopped by the county council.

The number of casualties did not rise between April and July, the report added.

The Casualty Reduction Partnership had operated Northamptonshire cameras and was dissolved in March.

The report stated road safety had "improved considerably" while it was in operation and in 2010, 25 people were killed on the county's roads - the lowest number since official records began in 1960.

As a result of the findings over the six-week study, police carried out a speeding awareness campaign over July and August.

The police authority was advised to note the report at a meeting on Wednesday.

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