SPEEDING offences have rocketed by more than 2,400% in the last five years on Huddersfield's roads.
The Examiner has discovered that last year in West Yorkshire 94,923 drivers were caught going too fast - and the number this year is expected to exceed 100,000 for the first time.
This compares with just 3,789 in 1999.
During the same period the number of traffic police fell from 313 to 252, but the increase coincides with the introduction of speed cameras .
However, during the last five years there has been no sustained downward trend for the number of deaths or injuries, with more than 3,000 fatalities every year on Britain's roads.
Huddersfield-based road safety charity Brake have mixed views about the figures.
The figures were obtained under the Freedom of Information Act.
Brake spokeswoman Jools Townsend said: "It is good to see more people who brake the law are being punished.
"What many people do not understand is doing just a few miles an hour above the speed limit could mean the difference between life and death.
"Research by the Department of Transport suggests the average speed of drivers in a 30mph zone is decreasing and that has to be to some extent down to cameras.
"But those figures still state 53% of drivers are speeding, so more has to be done.
"For example there are a lot of rules governing where cameras can be placed. We think there should be cameras outside every school."
But Brake have hit out at the cuts to the policing of roads.
"People can be driving dangerously but not necessarily speeding," said the Brake spokeswoman.
"Cameras, as much as we welcome them, are no substitute for real police officers.
"It is a real shame the numbers of officers has suffered because of speed cameras."
But anti-camera pressure group the Association of British Drivers have reacted angrily.
Spokesman Tony Vickers wants cameras removed and a focus returned to policing.
"Hundreds of thousands of people have been turned in to criminals to make easy money and the roads are no safer," he said.
"The speed camera idea has been misused. It could have worked if there had been some carefully placed machines on a few dangerous roads.
"They would have been respected and possibly slowed people down for their own safety.
"But now it is just a tax. The figures do not surprise me in the slightest and I think in the present political climate things are only going to get worse."