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Last Updated: Tuesday, 15 April, 2003, 08:32 GMT 09:32 UK
Hundreds trapped in speed check
Mobile speed camera
The speeding drivers were caught on a mobile camera on the A45
Police caught 520 speeding motorists in just three hours during checks at roadworks on one of the UK's most dangerous roads.

The drivers were caught by a mobile speed camera on the A45 near Rushden, Northamptonshire, where work is taking place to install a new central reservation barrier.

A temporary 40 mph speed limit has been imposed in place of the usual 70 mph limit, but officers clocked hundreds of motorists breaking the restrictions.

"The A45 at Rushden, between the Irchester turn and Ditchford Lane, has recently been designated as one of the county's 50 most hazardous routes," said a Northamptonshire Police spokesman.

"Six people were killed or seriously injured on this stretch of road between January 2000 and November 2002."

Court summons

In two hours of monitoring on Monday police caught 342 drivers speeding on the route.

The spokesman said 178 speeding motorists were caught in one hour on Sunday.

The motorists will be sent fixed penalty notices, which include a 60 fine and three penalty points, or a court summons.

Geoff Chatfield, Highways Agency project manager, said: "The 40 mph limit is considered essential to protect the workforce and road users whilst the safety barriers are incomplete."

Work began on 1 April and is expected to continue for another three weeks.




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