The number of motorists caught speeding or jumping red lights soared thanks to the introduction of roadside cameras, the Home Office disclosed yesterday.

Whitehall statistics covering 2003 showed a 44 per cent rise in speeding offences compared with 2002.
Motoring offences reached a record 13.2 million in England and Wales, the equivalent of 469 being committed for every 1,000 cars. The 44 per cent increase will fuel the controversy over roadside cameras which prompted allegations of a war on motorists.

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