Speed cam­eras on no­to­ri­ous road

Accrington Observer - - NEWS -

MO­TORISTS could be hit with fines as av­er­age speed cam­eras are set to be en­forced on a no­to­ri­ous road.

Speed cam­eras on the Grane Road went live be­tween Junc­tion 5 of the M65 near Belthorn and the A56 at Hasling­den, on Novem­ber 6.

The stretch of road, just un­der five miles long, will be mon­i­tored by num­ber plate recog­ni­tion tech­nol­ogy to cal­cu­late ve­hi­cles’ av­er­age speed by mea­sur­ing the time taken to travel be­tween two fixed points.

In the last seven years, two fam­i­lies have lost loved ones in ac­ci­dents on this road, 13 peo­ple have been se­ri­ously in­jured and a fur­ther 105 peo­ple have re­ceived mi­nor in­juries.

In­spec­tor Kevin Evans, from the Lan­cashire Con­stab­u­lary Roads Polic­ing, said: “This is why we have worked with the Road Safety Part­ner­ship to make sure mo­torists slow down and re­duce the risk of death and in­jury and to en­sure the speed limit is ef­fec­tively en­forced.”

Any­one de­tected breach­ing the 50mph speed limit could be given the op­por­tu­nity to at­tend a speed aware­ness course, ac­cept a con­di­tional of­fer of a £100 fixed penalty and three penalty points, or for higher speeds the mat­ter may be re­ferred to court.

On Grane Road are, from left, Ted Rob­bins, Chief In­spec­tor Kevin Evans, Michael Mur­ray, Rhiannon Leeds, of the Lan­cashire Road Safety Part­ner­ship co­or­di­na­tor, and Mark Griffiths.

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