One of the newly-installed speed cameras on the M1 motorway has already captured a considerable number of offenders. The Traffic Branch announced that since Friday, 62 drivers have been reported to be speeding along the road. Already, from July to September 2014, Rs 38 676 000 have been amassed from the fines issued.
The other speed cameras set up since late August have also harvested a number of offenders in around a month’s time: 1500 fines have been issued as a result. From the 25th August – when the cameras first graced the roads of villages in the north of the island – to the 30th of September, 622 drivers were caught speeding at Pamplemousses, 676 at Poudre-d’Or, 68 at Poste-de-Flacq and 232 at Cité Mangalkhan.
The cameras having caught drivers red-handed the most are those at Cascavelle, Triolet, Beaux-Songes, Sadally and Coromandel.
All of the speed cameras together have depicted 19 338 drivers speeding from July to September. This in turn brought Rs 38 676 000 to the coffers of the State.
The chief inspector, Mohit Ramah, stated that the drivers who do not comply with the speed limits are mostly those who drive as a routine without looking out for relevant road signs.
Also, some drivers have challenged the data given out by the speed cameras. Those who can provide for proof, for instance those having a GPS in their cars, might contest the decision of the authorities to issue a fine to them. In fact, such a case happened, where a driver was said to have been speeding at 91 km/h in an area restricted to 80 km/h, but his GPS showed that the speed at which he was driving was 71 km/h. In such cases, the drivers might challenge the fine issued in court and it will be up to the Judge to decide who is to win the case.