A single spot on the county’s roads is responsible for a near doubling in the number of speeding tickets handed out by Derbyshire police last year.
In the 12 months to April 2014, 38,985 speeding offences were detected, compared to just 22,021 in 2013/13.
According to a report presented to Derbyshire’s police and crime commissioner Alan Charles the increase is down to roadworks on the M1.
It said: “This rise can be attributed to the introduction in December of average speed cameras on the M1, put in place to help protect the workforce completing the road works in preparation for next year’s SMART motorway.”
The cameras are on a 15-mile stretch of the M1 between junction 28, at South Normanton, and junction 31 near Sheffield as work takes place to transform the hard shoulder into a permanent lane, with variable speed limits permanently in place.
Speaking after the report was presented to his Stategic Governance board on July 28 the police and crime commissioner said: “Reducing road fatalities and injuries is a huge priority and every hour spent on making our roads safer is worth it if just one less casualty is reported.”