The number of speeders caught by mobile cameras on the Dungiven Road collapsed by over 50 per cent last year, new data has revealed.
In fact, the number of errant motorists caught by mobile cameras in Londonderry generally fell between 2014 and 2015 whilst there was an increase across the whole of the province, according to the Northern Ireland Road Safety Partnership (NIRSP).
NIRSP’s annual statistical report for 2015 shows that there was a significant fall off in the number of detections at most of the main mobile camera sites in the Londonderry area: the Dungiven Road, the Culmore Road, the Foreglen Road and the Clooney Road.
For example, there were only 805 detections on the Dungiven Road in 2015, which, remarkably, was less than half of the 1,637 detections in 2014.
There was also a similarly stark fall off in the number of detections on the main mobile camera site in the Cityside, with detections down from 1,396 on the Culmore Road in 2014, to just 961 in 2015.
The collapse in detections on the Foreglen Road was also staggering: from 346 in 2014 to just 10 in 2015.
The Clooney Road, where there were 253 detections in 2015 and 242 in 2014, was the only site in the Londonderry area where an increase was recorded, although it was a very small one.
And the fall off in Londonderry bucked the province-wide trend.
Across the whole of Northern Ireland there were 34,692 detections in 2015, up from 30,012 in 2014.
Meanwhile, there was also a small drop off in the number of detections at a ‘red light running’ camera site on the Glenshane Road.
According to the NIRSP there were 66 detections at the Glenshane Road site in the city in 2015, down from 71 in 2014.
The bulletin also reveals that the highest speed recorded by the cameras in 2015 on the Northern Ireland roads was 99 miles per hour; that there were four detections made at this speed, and that one of these was on the Glenshane Road, albeit in Maghera, over the Glenshane mountain.
Province-wide 46,500 people were detected by the NIRSP in 2015 either speeding or running a red light. This was a 9.6 per cent increase on the number of detections in 2014 (42,429).
The number of detections in 2015 was more than four times the number of detections recorded by NIRSP in 2004.
The main reason for this increase is because the NIRSP reduced the threshold at which a driver can be detected speeding during 2010 and again in 2012.