Speed cameras questioned after Fenland couple are hit with EIGHT tickets in six days
A COUPLE have questioned the accuracy of speed cameras along a Fenland road after they received EIGHT tickets in a week.
Terry and Helen Calvert, from Chatteris, have been driving along the Forty Foot Bank twice a day for the last three years to feed their horses, which they keep at Ramsey.
But the pair were left baffled when a barrage of speeding tickets dropped through their door, stating that between them they had been flashed for �breaking the 50mph limit eight times in six days last month.
Six of the tickets were issued to Mrs Calvert, who works as a vetinerary physio.
Two were sent to Mr Calvert but one has since been withdrawn after his van was incorrectly classed as a light goods vehicle.
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Mr Calvert, a 38-year-old gas engineer, said: “We drive down the road every day and are well aware of the cameras and the speed limit. Neither of us have got points on our licence. Now, in the space of a few days, my wife could have more than 30.
“I’m a bit miffed to say the least. That many offences in such a short period of time does beg the question: is there a problem with the cameras?”
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Mr Calvert, who will contest the tickets in court, said he raised his concerns with the police’s safety camera unit but was told that these incidents “had become more common”.
A police spokesman said: “Cameras are put up to ensure the safety of road users. Anyone caught driving in excess of the speed limit faces being prosecuted.”
The average speed camera system along the notorious Forty Foot Drain was damaged in a road accident in March. The control box of the state-of-the-art �350,000 set-up suffered extensive damage in the crash.
Campaigners had fought for safety measures for years before the high-tech cameras were installed along the waterside road in July last year.
Mr Calvert said: “I’m refusing to drive down that road now. I’m taking a longer detour simply because I don’t trust the cameras.”