SPEED cameras in Wrexham have raked in more than £100,000 in the last three years, it has been revealed.
Figures obtained by the Leader under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) show that North Wales Police has been paid £118,620 in conditional fixed penalties since 2011.
The money comes from the county’s two operating fixed position speed cameras on the A525 Heol Maelor, in Coedpoeth, and the A541 Mold Road, Wrexham, which are both 30mph zones.
A £60 conditional offer of fixed penalty is given to those who are ineligible or decline the offer of taking a speed awareness course.
The Coedpoeth camera was the biggest earner generating £60,300 from 1,005 fines. The Mold Road camera made £58,320 from 977 fines. Between them they recorded a total of 9,572 offences.
The figures also showed that the highest speed recorded by one of the cameras was 65mph on the 30mph limit on Mold Road in 2012.
Police said they had no data for the Holt Road speed camera. A previous Freedom of Information request said recorded offences and revenue generated for the Holt Road fixed camera were “nil” for 2011 as the camera site had undergone upgrading.
Residents living near the most prolific camera in Coedpoeth had mixed views about the village’s speed camera, with some branding it a ‘cash cow’.
Motorist Peter Bennett, 43, of Coedpoeth, said: “I drive past it every day and while I can see the point in having it, it does seem like a bit of a money maker.
“Most people drive sensibly through the village. I think it would be better putting them near accident blackspots.”
Simon Colclough, 35, said: “It seems like a lot of money to me, they (speed cameras) are just a cash cow really. I think the only reason they’ve put it here is because it’s a busy road and there are more people to catch.”
But Mary Bailey, 61, said: “I think it’s a good thing. It protects the children especially with it being so close to the park.”
A police spokesman said: “A Notice of Intended Prosecution (NIP) is sent to the registered keeper at the beginning of the offence history to ascertain who was driving at the time of the offence.
“When an admission is received by a driver as a result of this, the system will initially check if the circumstances are appropriate for them to be referred for a speed awareness course.
“If they are inelgibile, or decline the course offer, or fail to attend the course, and the speed is within the prescribed threshold, they will be issued with a conditional offer of fixed penalty.
“On average 56 per cent of these notices result in completion of a speed awareness course and offenders who either fail to comply with the conditional offer or were driving at too high a speed are processed for court.
“The number of ‘fines’ (conditional offers) resulting from speed offences will always therefore constitute a minority of cases.”
l An FOI request in 2011 showed the Coedpoeth camera had the dubious honour of being the most attacked speed camera in North Wales. It was attacked on six occasions over a five year period with damage to the front of the lens box and paint thrown over it.
In one incident during 2008 an attempt was made to set it on fire which led to two arrests.