In little more than five weeks, this three-mile length of road cutting through the scenic borderlands of North-West England has smashed the British record for speed camera victims.
[‘Speed camera victims’ – isn’t that a lovely phrase? Perhaps we should have people with buckets in town centres collecting for those poor unfortunates.]
An astonishing 5,569 motorists have been caught breaking the 50mph speed limit by the fixed cameras at roadworks at a junction of the M6 near Carlisle.
[Why should anyone be astonished by the lawlessness of British drivers? They know perfectly well they can commit thousands of traffic offences with very little chance of getting caught.]
Nigel Humphries, of the Association of British Drivers, said: 'This has to be the worst case we have heard of.
'There is a bad one on the M11 but it is nothing like this - this is appalling and the speed cameras must be sited wrongly to have clocked so many speeding drivers.'
Claire Armstrong, of Safespeed, said: 'This is absolutely disgusting.
[Claire Armstrong is not ‘of’ Safespeed, she is Safespeed, which is, of course, devoted to Unsafespeed.]
Last year the Daily Mail revealed that the number of crashes on the M11 at its junction with the North Circular A406 near Woodford, Essex, had increased by 25 per cent since a speed camera was installed.
That’s right, and I remember that the Mail’s discovery of significance was rubbished at the time by the local Safety Partnership which said there was no correlation since the crashes had occurred away from the speed camera site.