Driver’s speeding ticket complaint

Graeme Walker with the letters he's sent to the chief constable complaining about the position of speed cameras in Clay Cross

Graeme Walker with the letters he's sent to the chief constable complaining about the position of speed cameras in Clay Cross

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A motorist has taken his fight against a speeding fine to the county’s top cop - after he claims he was unfairly caught by traffic police.

Graeme Walker was fined £60 by Derbyshire police’s Casualty Reduction Enforcement Support Team (CREST) after he was caught doing 43 mph in a 30 mph zone on the A61 Tupton to Clay Cross.

The route is not on the official CREST speed camera list and Mr Walker 55, of Danesmoor, who has paid his fine, believes officers were setting the trap as a money making exercise.

He has now written to Derbyshire chief constable Mick Creedon to ask why one of the force’s four mobile safety camera vans was on the route.

He added: “To me it just smacks of a money-making trap. I believe hundreds of drivers must have been caught here.

“It seems to me to be nothing to do with casualty reduction and everything to do with creating a revenue stream at the expense of motorists.”

CREST camera vans are operated at 60 mobile routes across Derbyshire with a history of speed-related collisions - this does not include the A61.

Government guidelines state mobile cameras can be placed at sites where at least two fatals have taken place in three calendar years.

Freedom of Information data shows only one fatal accident has taken place on the A61 Tupton to Clay Cross since 2007.

But Derbyshire police said the CREST van which caught Mr Walker was on the route as part of Operation Focus, which targets dangerous driving and said the operation overrides the Government guidelines.