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Number of speeding drivers drops
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Average speed cameras are used on some longer stretches of road
The number of motorists speeding in the South West has fallen significantly, according to new figures.

Devon and Cornwall Safety Camera Partnership said the use of static and mobile cameras was making the region's roads safer.

It said 6,000 fewer people were prosecuted in 2005 to 2006.

Figures for the last financial year show 47,000 people were fined in Devon and Cornwall for either speeding or going through a red light.

The statistics for April 2006 to March this year are still being audited, but Devon and Cornwall Safety Camera Partnership told BBC News it expects that trend to continue.

In February, the partnership said the use of average speed cameras in the region was slowing drivers down "dramatically".

Two sets of cameras, with number plate recognition, measure the average speed of a vehicle over a set distance, rather than a single point. These are suitable for longer stretches of road with few junctions.

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