Police Camera Activations (103_15)


For the years 2012, 2013, 2014


The number of Speed or traffic cameras activations by police vehicles due to them travelling over the speed limit.

The number of those prosecuted.

The highest speed recorded


The number of Speed or traffic cameras activations by police vehicles due to them travelling over the speed limit


2012 = 8,878

2013 = 1,018

2014 = 114


The number of those prosecuted


2012 =33

2013 = 9

2014 = 8



The highest speed recorded


2012 = 116 mph

2013 = 113 mph

2014 = 106 mph


West Midlands Police has a robust and transparent approach to dealing with police vehicles being driven through speed cameras in excess of the limit. This is in accordance of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 which states:


“No statutory provision imposing a speed limit on motor vehicles shall apply to any vehicle on an occasion when it is being used for fire brigade, ambulance or police purposes, if the observance of that provision would be likely to hinder the use of the vehicle for the purpose for which it is being used on that occasion”.


These would include issues such as attending an emergency call, gaining on a vehicle ahead which they intended to stop and a multitude of operational issues. It does not state within these regulations that police vehicles have to use their blue lights when exceeding the speed limit. Blue lights are used to try and warn other motorists of the police vehicles presence when traffic conditions require it, but these can hinder operations such as attending burglaries in progress at night where the lights can be seen from a long distance.


Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from a number of data sources used by forces for police purposes. The detail collected to respond specifically to your request is subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large scale recording system. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when interpreting those data.


The figures provided therefore are our best interpretation of relevance of data to your request, but you should be aware that the collation of figures for ad hoc requests may have limitations and this should be taken into account when those data are used.


If you decide to write an article / use the enclosed data we would ask you to take into consideration the factors highlighted in this document so as to not mislead members of the public or official bodies, or misrepresent the relevance of the whole or any part of this disclosed material.


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