14,000 motorway speeders caught in six months
MORE than 14,000 speeding fines have been issued to drivers travelling through roadworks on the M4 and M5 near Bristol in the last six months – with one driver caught doing 137mph.
The motorists were caught exceeding the 50mph limit by average speed cameras positioned through the roadworks, which began in April around the Almondsbury interchange.
The Highways Agency is carrying out work to create "managed motorways", which will have variable speed limits and allow drivers to travel on the hard shoulder at certain times.
Responding to a Freedom of Information request, Avon & Somerset police said 9,032 drivers had been caught speeding on the M4 and 4,945 on the M5 since April.
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The fastest time clocked by the cameras was 137mph, recorded in August. Speeds of more than 125mph have been recorded five times since July. Some £168,780 has been paid in fines and 2,582 people have attended speed awareness courses.