Av­er­age speed cam­era set to be turned on this week

Sharn­ford and two oth­ers roads tar­geted by coun­cil

Hinckley Times - - NEWS -

OF­FI­CIALS have re­vealed when and where the first of a new batch of speed cam­eras will be switched on in Le­ices­ter­shire.

The county coun­cil has been putting the de­vices up in seven speed­ing hotspots as part of a 12-month, £500,000 trial scheme.

The first three of them are set to com­mence en­force­ment at some point this week.

One will be in­stalled in the no­to­ri­ous speed­ing hotspot of the B4114 in Sharn­ford.

The other two will be on the A4304 Lut­ter­worth Road, Wal­cote and Bur­ton Road, Measham.

South Le­ices­ter­shire MP Al­berto Costa rep­re­sents Sharn­ford where he says res­i­dents have lob­bied him about speed­ing in the vil­lage.

“‘The in­stal­la­tion of these av­er­age cam­eras are a huge boost for the vil­lage,” he said.

“As I am sure many res­i­dents will at­test, Sharn­ford has sadly had more than its fair share of speed­ing ve­hi­cles and high pro­file ac­ci­dents over the years, so I am de­lighted that Le­ices­ter­shire County Coun­cil have lis­tened to the views of res­i­dents and de­cided to press ahead with this scheme.

“The safety of my con­stituents is of course al­ways para­mount, and these cam­eras will en­sure that ve­hi­cles are trav­el­ling through the vil­lage in a safe and or­derly man­ner”.

A County Hall spokesman said: “We are cur­rently work­ing to com­plete the in­stal­la­tion of the av­er­age speed cam­eras across the county.

“While some of the cam­eras have been in­stalled, there is more work to be done to en­sure the cam­eras are fully com­pli­ant and en­force­able by the po­lice.

“We an­tic­i­pate that en­force­ment for all seven sites will be­gin early Septem­ber.

“When the cam­eras are in op­er­a­tion, warn­ing signs will be dis­played tem­po­rar­ily for mo­torists.”

Av­er­age speed cam­eras track a driver’s speed over a dis­tance, not just at the lo­ca­tion of a single cam­era.

Driv­ers caught speed­ing by the cam­eras will be given a £100 fixed penalty fine and three points on their li­cence. The other cam­eras will be at: A50 Le­ices­ter Road, Mark­field Road, Bradgate Hill, Groby;

A6 Har­bor­ough Road and Glen Road, Oadby;

Bea­con Road, Wood­house Eaves;

B676 Saxby Road, Wy­fordby, Freeby.

No date has yet been set for their ac­ti­va­tion.

Fol­low­ing the trial, the au­thor­ity will look to widen out the cam­era pro­gramme if the Gov­ern­ment al­lows it to keep some of the cash gen­er­ated by the cam­eras.

Cur­rently, money gen­er­ated through cam­era fines are re­tained by the Trea­sury.

But the county coun­cil has asked the Gov­ern­ment to con­sider al­low­ing this rev­enue to be re­tained by lo­cal au­thor­i­ties to cover the cap­i­tal cost of the av­er­age speed cam­eras, af­ter which the rev­enue would re­vert to Gov­ern­ment.

This would al­low fur­ther roll­outs of this type of en­force­ment mea­sure across the county.

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