New speed cam­eras to make road safer

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WORK has be­gun on in­stalling av­er­age speed cam­eras on the road be­tween South­port and Pre­ston in a bid to cut speed­ing and save lives.

The cam­eras will soon be mon­i­tor­ing driv­ers along the Tar­leton By­pass, on the A565 South­port New Road be­tween the B5246 at Mere Brow and the Gravel Lane round­about at Banks.

It is one of eight ac­ci­dent blackspots in the county be­ing tar­geted by Lan­cashire po­lice and Lan­cashire Road Safety Part­ner­ship in a £2,150,000 project.

In the past six years, 13 peo­ple have died on these roads. There have also been 406 ca­su­al­ties with 62 peo­ple suf­fer­ing se­ri­ous or life chang­ing in­juries since 2011.

The cam­eras use num­ber plate recog­ni­tion tech­nol­ogy to de­tect ve­hi­cles and cal­cu­late their av­er­age speed be­tween two points of a known fixed dis­tance apart.

Driv­ers caught go­ing too fast face £100 fixed penalty no­tices plus three points on their driv­ing li­censes, with those guilty of higher speeds be­ing sum­moned to court.

Po­lice say there will be “min­i­mal traf­fic dis­rup­tion” in­clud­ing some overnight lane clo­sures and tem­po­rary sig­nals over the com­ing weeks.

Signs will be erected to in­form driv­ers that they are en­ter­ing an av­er­age speed con­trol zone.

Lan­cashire po­lice will re­lease fur­ther in­for­ma­tion with mo­torists be­fore the av­er­age speed cam­eras go live.

Lan­cashire Con­stab­u­lary’s As­sis­tant Chief Con­sta­ble, Tim Jac­ques, said: “Our pri­mary aim is for all driv­ers to ad­here to the speed limit on our roads, there­fore re­duc­ing the risk of col­li­sions and mak­ing our roads safer for all to use.

“It is well doc­u­mented that speed­ing does kill, but we know that a com­bi­na­tion of ed­u­ca­tion, en­force­ment and en­gi­neer­ing so­lu­tions can save lives and re­duce the num­ber of peo­ple se­ri­ously in­jured on the county’s roads.

“Us­ing av­er­age speed cam­eras is just one way that can help us achieve fur­ther steps ‘To­wards Zero Lan­cashire’ – pre­vent­ing all col­li­sions that re­sult in death and se­ri­ous in­jury.”

Re­search by the RAC Foun­da­tion showed that the num­bers of fa­tal and se­ri­ous col­li­sions de­creases by around a third af­ter av­er­age speed cam­eras are in­tro­duced.

Re­search will be con­ducted on the eight routes to re­view speed data, traf­fic flow and ca­su­alty in­for­ma­tion to see how well the new cam­eras are work­ing.

Clive Grun­shaw, Po­lice and Crime Com­mis­sioner for Lan­cashire said: “In an ideal world driv­ers would ob­serve the speed limit and we would never have speed re­lated ca­su­al­ties and deaths; but we all know that that is not the case.

“Ev­i­dence shows that speed is of­ten a fac­tor in road deaths and se­ri­ous col­li­sions, so these mea­sures should help to save lives.”

Av­er­age speed cam­eras, right, are be­ing in­stalled on the A565 South­port Road

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