Don't exceed the speed limit

The risk of death is approximately four times higher when a pedestrian is hit at 40mph than at 30mph.

Adapt your driving to suit the road conditions

If the weather is bad, slow down. In some road conditions, even driving at the speed limit could be too fast. Fog, rain and traffic flow will all affect road conditions. Driving too fast for the conditions can result in a collision.

Never assume it's safe to break the speed limit

There may be less traffic on rural roads, but there can also be unexpected hazards such as blind bends, vehicles coming out of junctions and animals on the road.

What happens if I am caught speeding?

If you are caught speeding, you could face a £100 fine and three points on your licence. You may be offered a Speed Awareness Course as an alternative to a fine and penalty points. If you are caught driving significantly over the speed limit, you will be summonsed to attend court where you could face a larger fine and even be disqualified from driving.


Additional information

If you were the driver at the time of the offence you need to complete Part 1 of the Notice. If you were not the driver at the time of the offence you need to complete Part 2 nominating the driver - do not pass the Notice to anyone else.   Please make sure that you sign and date the completed Notice.  You must return the completed Notice to the Safety Camera Unit as soon as possible.  AT THIS POINT DO NOT SEND ANY MONEY OR YOUR DRIVING LICENCE.  You will then shortly receive a 'conditional offer' of a fixed penalty notice - unless your speed is excessive, in which case you will receive a summons from the magistrates' Court.

Errors in date, time, vehicle registration number or speed, which are caused by clerical error, will not invalidate the notice. The notice will be amended and re-issued.

Anyone refusing to sign, or supply full details on the Notice of Intended Prosecution, will be prosecuted.

Your human rights are not affected by completing and returning the paperwork. Primary legislation dictates that Section 172 of the Road Traffic Act 1988 requires the keeper of a vehicle to provide the information on who was driving when the offence was committed.

The incorporation of the Human Rights Act into British law allows British citizens to use the domestic courts to enforce the European Convention on Human Rights. The Act does not affect the admissibility of safety camera evidence. The Law Lords in Privy Council, 5 December 2000, concluded: "It is the duty of the registered keeper to know who the driver is at any time". This decision was upheld at a case heard in the Court of Human Rights 2007. Failure to supply these details, or sign the section 172 form, will render you liable for prosecution.

This is an offer of a fixed penalty YOU WILL BE REQUIRED TO PRODUCE YOUR DRIVING LICENCE AND IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO ENSURE THAT IT IS CURRENT AND VALID.  If the address on your licence is out of date you should still send it with your payment.

You have the right to challenge this in court.  The Magistrates will then determine any fine and penalty points awarded.

If you wish the matter to be dealt with in court, do not return the Conditional Offer. You should allow the 28 day Conditional Offer period to elapse.  A summons will then be issued to you.  On this summons you will be given the opportunity to write any mitigating circumstance you would like the Magistrate to consider.

The case will normally be referred to the Court that is closest to where the incident took place. In England and Wales, cases are dealt with at the Magistrates' Court. In Scotland, cases are referred to either the Justice of the Peace Court or the Sheriff's Court, depending on the severity of the offence.

Many cases can be resolved without a personal attendance. The Court will normally offer you the opportunity to put forward a written plea of mitigation which will then be considered in your absence on the day of the hearing.

Penalty points are valid for a period of three years but cannot be removed from your licence until four years have elapsed.

No.  The fixed penalty amount is set by the Government within the road traffic legislation and is, therefore, not negotiable.

All speed detection equipment has received Home Office Type Approval for operational use.  Any challenge to its accuracy can only be dealt with by the Judiciary.  In addition, the equipment is tested and operated in accordance with the manufacturer every occasion it is used.  A calibration certificate is renewed annually in accordance with Home Office regulations.  The original certificate forms part of police evidence and can only be produced in court.

All speed limits are mandatory 24 hours a day, every day of the year.  At night you could encounter shift workers walking home, people walking their dogs, cars broken down or unforeseen, dangerous driving conditions.

The Highway Code clearly states that, in an area with a system of street lighting, the 30 mph limit applies to all traffic unless signs show otherwise.

The view captured on camera can prove whether or not there was a following vehicle. However, whatever the situation, you have the responsibility to ensure that you always drive at an appropriate speed in anticipation of a traffic light change.

It is the responsibility of the registered keeper to provide the full name and address of the driver of a vehicle at the time of an offence under the Road Traffic Act 1988.  If you are unable to identify the driver then only a magistrate can decide whether or not due diligence was exercised in attempting to establish the identity of the driver.

No. All Devon and Cornwall Police camera operators are trained and certified by the manufacturers to operate the equipment. All operators/trainers hold certificates of competence to evidence they have attended the above training and these certificates may be produced in court as part of the evidence for the prosecution.  All operations are carried out in accordance with both the ACPO and manufacturers guidelines for the operational use of speed enforcement equipment.

A speed awareness course is an educational alternative to a fine and penalty points on the driving licence. Once an admission is received, and providing the criteria are met, the driver will subsequently receive the offer of a course.

You will need to complete Part 2 of the Notice of Intended Prosecution with the name and address of the person to whom you sold the vehicle so a Notice of Intended Prosecution can be issued in his/her name. Remember that it is your responsibility as the previous owner to notify the DVLA of any change in ownership of the vehicle; failure to do so is an offence and may result in a fine.  Please note that the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) have, from time to time, a delay in updating records so this should be taken into account.

Please contact the Safety Camera Unit immediately.  If your licence has been stolen you will need to quote a crime reference number.  If necessary we can suspend prosecution for a short period to allow the licence to be renewed.  Failure to do this may result in a summons being initiated.

All information regarding a specific vehicle's classification is held by the DVLA and, as such, dictates the maximum permitted speed for that vehicle on any road. This information is then supplied to the Constabulary when required for prosecution purposes. It is, therefore, the responsibility of the registered keeper to inform the DVLA of any changes made to a vehicle or any errors in the information held by them.  Unless you are able to provide documentary evidence that an application to DVLA, for a change in vehicle classification, was made prior to the offence, and this is confirmed by DVLA, then we will not intervene in the prosecution process.

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