South Hams speed camera on course to catch 5,000 motorists this year

By Daniel Clark   |   Local Democracy Reporter   |
Tuesday 1st December 2020 11:37 am
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The speed camera is heading for 5,000 activations this year. Picture credit Andrew Dunn ()

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A speed camera in the South Hams is the second-most activated in Devon and Cornwall, a Freedom of Information request has revealed.

The A385 Ashburton Road, Totnes, camera saw 4,530 activations so far this year.

A speed camera in Plymouth is set to reclaim its crown as the one where most drivers across Devon and Cornwall are caught breaking the speed limit, however.

The camera on the A386 Alma Road in Plymouth was activated the most of any of the speed cameras in the two counties in 2016, 2017 and 2018. The road, despite being two lanes of dual carriageway, has a 30mph speed limit.

A Freedom of Information request to Devon and Cornwall Police revealed that it lost top spot in 2019 to a camera on the A30, at the Roseworthy Dip in Cornwall.

But as of the end of October 2020, the Alma Road speed camera has seen almost double the number of activations of any other camera in the two counties so far this year – and the double the number it received in 2019.

The speed camera so far this year has caught an average of 28 motorists a day breaking the speed limit.

The figures show that as of October 31, the camera had been activated 8,658 times, with speed cameras on the A3064, Wolseley Road, A386, Outland Road, Plymouth and Glen Road, Plympton also in the top ten.

Four of the other six activations in the top ten were in the South Devon area – on the A385, Ashburton Road, Totnes, A3022, Torbay Road, Torquay, the A380 South Devon Link Road, and the A379, Dartmouth Road, Paignton.

The A30 at Fingle Glen had the third highest number of activations, while Cornwall’s only speed camera in the top 10 for 2020 is at the A390, Grampound.

From 2019’s list, the A30, Roseworthy Dip, A38, Notter Bridge, Westbound, A38, Splatford Split, near Exeter and A361, Bray Viaduct, South Molton have dropped out of the top 10.

The figures relate to the total number of activations at the site, and do include emergency vehicles.

Here are the top 20 locations:

1 A386, Alma Rd., Plymouth (speed on green), 8658

2 A385, Ashburton Road, Totnes, 4530

3 A30, Fingle Glen, 2533

4 A3022, Torbay Road, Torquay, 2332

5 A3064, Wolseley Road, Plymouth, 2181

6 A380, South Devon Link Road, South, 2134

7 A379, Dartmouth Road, Paignton, 2062

8 A390, Grampound, 1925

9 A386, Outland Road, Plymouth, 1905

10 Glen Road, Plympton, 1808

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