The device snapped a staggering 300 drivers per week, or more than 40 per day, on a trick section of road near Southampton. Over the last three years, the camera was triggered 51,049 times on a 30mph section of the A3024 dual carriageway near Maybray King Way. In total, the top 10 cameras raked in £35 million for councils after capturing more than 350,000 speeders across the country.
In second place was a camera on the M62 in Great Manchester between junctions 19 and 20.
New figures highlighted 38,836 speeding drivers were caught between 2015 and 2017.
The third most prolific camera was found to be at the Dartford Crossing in Essex which recorded 38,729 motorists.
Two further roads in Essex as well as others in Suffolk, south Wales, Lincolnshire and Coventry made up the rest of the top 10.
Hugh Bladon, founder of the Alliance of British Drivers, suggested the speed limit should be increased on the Southampton speed camera.
Mr Bladon said: “If a lot of people are being caught it may be that the speed limit on that road is ridiculously low.”
Edmund King, president of the AA, said: “Our polls show that, over the last decade, more than 70 percent of drivers accept the use of cameras. Yet, obviously, they are not happy if they are caught or caught out.”
However Mr King also criticised the Southampton speed camera, adding: “But a 30mph road generating the highest number of speed camera activations in England and Wales is astonishing.”
“However, the Department for Transport acknowledges that speed limits should be evidence-led and it may be that the dualling of the A3024 at that point means many think it has a higher limit.
“It would be interesting to see how many offenders are new visitors to Southampton.”
“The other section of road that jumps out is the number of activations at the Dartford Crossing.
“With a major incident capable of jamming the road network across the south east of England, the number of speeders chancing their arm makes you sit up.
“There again, how many are drivers racing to get through the crossing before the Dart Charge comes into force daily?
“Perhaps if the toll was abolished, as it was supposed to be after the project was paid for, there would be fewer vehicles speeding.”