Driver clocked doing 110mph yards from hospital, fire station

A boy racer was caught doing 110mph on Telford Road. Picture: Neil Hanna

A boy racer was caught doing 110mph on Telford Road. Picture: Neil Hanna

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A BOY racer was caught by speed cameras driving four times over the speed limit – just yards from a fire station and hospital.

Police speed cameras caught the driver reaching 110mph on Telford Road earlier this year, despite a 30mph limit being in place on the street.

The incident marks just one of more than 5000 speeding fines dished out across Edinburgh in the last 12 months.

Police recorded 4752 cars being driven over the speed limit, with a further 761 caught by individual officers.

Yesterday road safety campaigners labelled the findings “shocking” and insisted speeding drivers posed a “horrendous danger” to others.

The Freedom of Information figures revealed to the Evening News also show the Capital’s busiest speed camera handed out 1351 fines from the beginning of November 2014 to the same period this year.

But officers declined to identify where the camera is in the city, insisting that doing so would put the site at risk of vandalism.

An official said: “Fixed safety camera installations have not infrequently been subject to attack and vandalism to put them out of action.

“Publication of individual site offence data which shows the location of cameras that may be detecting higher numbers of offenders could lead to these sites being targeted.”

He also raised fears that pinpointing the camera’s whereabouts would “disclose the enforcement regime, enabling drivers to predict when a camera might not be live, thereby leading some to endanger public safety and break the law by speeding or red light running when the camera is believed to be inactive.”

He added: “All safety cameras sites are published, have warning signage in place on the road and all enforcement equipment has high visibility marking to make drivers aware of the presence of the cameras.

“For effective deterrence, drivers must believe speeding or red light running in the vicinity of these cameras, will always be detected and recorded by the equipment, leading to fines and penalty points.”

Chief Inspector Stephen Innes, from the Road Policing Unit, insisted improving road safety and tackling speeding was “one of the local priorities for residents in Edinburgh”.

He said: “As part of our commitment to meeting this priority, Road Policing Officers continually monitor all arterial routes within the city to identify anyone responsible for inconsiderate or illegal driving behaviours and offer corrective advice or where appropriate, report to the Procurator Fiscal.

“Speeding risks not only your own life, but puts the life of others in danger. I would urge all motorists to ensure they drive within the speed limit and to suitably adjust their speed when travelling in built-up areas or during adverse driving conditions.”

A spokesperson from road safety charity Brake, said: “Speed limits exist for a reason and speeding remains one of the biggest killers on our roads, causing appalling suffering to bereaved and seriously injured victims.

“It’s shocking so many speeding fines have been issued in Edinburgh, and to hear of one driver reaching 110mph on Telford Road, where people live and work.

“Breaking speed limits by even a little poses a risk to other road users, because you’re less able to react and brake in an emergency.”

alistair.grant@edinburghnews.com