Satnavs Responsible For Drop in Speeding Fines

The number of Scottish motorists caught by speed cameras has reduced significantly over the last year.

The fall is being attributed to a rise in sales of satnav systems over the same period, The Sun has reported.

Dumfries & Galloway local authority reported that the number of motorists being fined after being caught by speed traps had fallen from 114,000 in 2006 to less than 50,000 in 2009.

Andrew Howard, head of the road safety department at the RAC, said: “As a speed camera spends longer at one spot on the road, regular users have to be quite daft to be caught.”

Some prominent motoring organisations believe that the number of motorists being fined has dropped because navigation systems warn drivers about nearby speed traps and cameras.

They also claim that people have devised ways to fool the speed traps and have installed systems that protect them from being caught by traffic officials.

Sales of satnav systems that warn users about potential speed traps and cameras have doubled in the UK as a whole over the last 12 months.