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Some speed cameras out there are little more than cash cows for local authorities, with some, such as those on the M11 in Essex, coining in at least £1 million per camera per year.

But now councils are ready to reveal which cameras are raking in most revenue. We will soon be treated to a league table of Britain's busiest cameras, and then judge how effective they really are when it comes to the business of saving lives.

Research suggests that speed cameras themselves have caused at least 28,000 crashes since 2001. Motorists who see one ahead of them often drive erratically, losing concentration and breaking suddenly. More than 80 percent of drivers say that when approaching a camera, they check their speedometer.

And if they're doing that, then they don't have their eyes on the road.

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