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FAQs category 3

Can I attend a Speed Awareness Course?

Nottinghamshire Police offers the National Speed awareness Course as an alternative to a prosecution. By successful completion of the course you will not incur any penalty points or be fined in relation to this offence. If you are eligible, you will receive an offer letter with further details regarding the course. As Nottinghamshire Police are part of the national scheme you may be able to take up the course in a different force area (that participates in the National Speed Awareness Scheme). Redlight Offences are not eligible for Speed Awareness.
The criteria for being eligible to attend a Speed Awareness course are:
* Admission of being the driver received by the police within 42 days of the offence.
* Not having attended such a Speed Awareness course within the last 3 years up to the date of the last offence.
* Speed must fall within the acceptable speed range (Speed limit + 10% + 9mph)

What is the Nottinghamshire Safety Camera Partnership?

The Nottinghamshire Safety Camera Partnership, that began operating in April 2000, was one of the eight original pilot areas which initially operated solely within the city of Nottingham. The aim of the programme project was casualty reduction and was a key driver to meeting the Government's 2010 casualty reduction targets, based on the 1994-1998 average, which were:
* A 40% reduction in the number of people killed or seriously injured.
* A 50% reduction in the number of children killed or seriously injured.
* A 10% reduction in the rate of slight casualties.

The programme also aimed to educate drivers about the consequences of speeding and to improve compliance with speed limits and traffic signals. The pilot projects were considered a success and April 2002 saw the national roll-out. Since then, the partnership has been operating in the whole of Nottinghamshire. Members now include: Nottinghamshire Police, Nottingham City Council, Nottinghamshire County Council, The Highways Agency and Her Majesty's Court Services. In April 2007 the means of funding the Nottinghamshire Safety Camera Partnership changed. Up to that time all camera partnerships in the country could claim their operating costs back from the Treasury based on fixed penalties paid on speeding and red traffic light camera offences. The Treasury retained any excess revenue, over the cost of running the Partnerships. Since April, all funding for safety camera operations has been derived from an annual Government grant paid to finance local authority Local Transport Plans to finance road safety projects, a proportion of which goes to run the camera partnerships. All payments from safety camera enforcement go directly to the Treasury as in the case of every other fine..

The correct positioning of cameras, speed camera signs and reasons for enforcement are legal requirements for a prosecution to be successful.

No, this is not true.

Up to March 31st 2007 the Government's Department for Transport published Rules and Guidance to camera partnerships about where, why and how safety cameras should be used. Up to that time camera partnerships could only claim their operating costs from safety camera fixed penalty fines if they rigidly complied with those rules. The number of warning signs, the colour of the cameras, only deploying cameras where there had been a set minimum of injury collisions, were all conditions that had to be conformed to in order for camera parterships to operate within the "netting off" scheme.

Since April 2007 this has all changed. The Department for Transport's Programme for Safety Cameras ceased to exist together with their restrictions on how safety cameras should be operated. These mandatory rules no longer exist. There appears to be a continuing widespread misunderstanding amongst some of the travelling public, particularly those detected exceeding the speed limit, that the previous mandatory rules still apply - but this is not the case.

I've returned my S172 notice confirming I was the driver but heard nothing and it's been one month - what's happening - what should I do

If having returned your S172 notice to us (confirming you were the driver at the time of the alleged offence) you've heard nothing from us within one month the following is happening / happened

If your alleged offence involves speeding above 49mph in a 30 limit - 65 in a 40 limit - 75 in a 50 limit - 85 in a 60 limit or 95 in a 70 limit - then your case is being progressed directly to a magistrates court and you will receive a postal requisition in due course. If you want to check that your S172 notice has arrived contact us by Email: Camera Enquiries

In all other cases you should have heard from us to be offered a course or a conditional offer for the alleged offence. You therefore need to contact us immediately by Email: Camera Enquiries so we can progress the matter for you.

If you have any queries about your case or its progress at any time please contact us by Email: Camera Enquiries

Aren't valuable police resources being wasted by concentrating on speeding motorists rather than real criminals?

Not at all. The safety cameras are operated by additional dedicated Traffic Support Officers, thereby not abstracting police officers from other duties such as dealing with crime and core policing activities. Speeding and running red traffic lights is against the law. Many more people are killed and seriously injured as a result of drivers breaking such laws than by criminal assaults.

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