99.9% of speed cops are let off
By Bob Roberts Political Editor 17/11/2008
EXCLUSIVE Caught on camera 107,000 times but..
If a camera catches you speeding you're likely to get fined... unless you're a police officer.
Figures obtained under the Freedom of Information Act show police vehicles activated speed cameras 107,000 times in the last 12 months.
But just 150 police drivers were fined for going over the limit, which means about 99.9 per cent are let off.
The figures will raise fears that officers are routinely flouting road laws. Around a quarter of the cases were thought to be emergencies but senior officers let the rest escape without a £60 fine and three points on their licence.
Sarah Fatica, from the road safety charity Brake, said the figures were "incredibly worrying".
She said: "We would expect the police to obey the law at all times.
"Even in emergency situations they should not risk a life to save a life."
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The Metropolitan Police had the highest number of speeding activations in 2007-8, with 50,584. But there were just 22 fines - about one in 2,300.
Herts police were snapped on 9,629 occasions, but only 11 were penalised.
The figures for West Midlands show 8,500 police cars activated speed cameras. Only 11 drivers were fined.
Just 20 out of the 38 forces in England and Wales were willing to provide full details so the true number of officers escaping penalties is likely to be considerably higher.
Last year police watchdogs warned that officers were taking unnecessary risks in high-speed chases.
The Independent Police Complaints Commission said there were no consistent rules for pursuits and called for compulsory guidelines. About 40 deaths a year are related to police chases.