Almost £34,000 in speeding fines on Cookstown’s Drum Road in a year

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A Cookstown road is one of the worst for speeding in Northern Ireland, it has been revealed.

Speed cameras on the Drum Road have raked in £33,960 in the past year alone after nabbing 566 speeding motorists.

This means that more than ten a week are caught on the busy Cookstown Road, putting it in the top fifteen speeding hotspots across Northern Ireland.

A further two local roads hit the top 60 list. Roadside cameras on the A29 Cookstown Road and the Magherafelt Road, Moneymore, raked in £8,100 in the past year in speeding fines.

The Magherafelt road speeding checks nabbed 99 drivers in the past year, while the A29 caught 36.

Almost 1,000 drivers are being snapped by speed cameras every week across Northern Ireland.

The number of detections has trebled over the last decade following a blitz on speeding motorists.

More than 48,000 road users were clocked driving too fast in just 12 months.

The most prolific camera caught 6,534 offenders in 2013 - around one every hour of the day.

Each offence normally results in a £60 fine, meaning that camera alone could have raked in as much as £392,000 last year.

In total, the cameras could have generated £2,899,920 from all speeding offences.

Police have warned that excess speed is a key factor behind the increasing death toll on our roads, which has so far claimed 65 lives.

Meanwhile speed cameras at the Ballygawley roundabout scooped £35,220 in the past year alone after nabbing 587 speeding motorists. This means that more than ten a week are caught at the busy roundabout, putting it in the top fifteen in NI.