Thou­sands caught by speed cam­eras

Ormskirk Advertiser - - Front Page -

MORE than 2,000 peo­ple were caught speed­ing within 12 weeks of the in­tro­duc­tion of av­er­age speed cam­eras on the Tar­leton By­pass, with one driver caught at 101mph.

The cam­eras went live at the sec­tion of the A565 be­tween South­port and Tar­leton lights on Au­gust 10 and mea­sure speed over the full dis­tance be­tween each one.

The new cam­eras use num­ber plate recog­ni­tion tech­nol­ogy to de­tect ve­hi­cles and cal­cu­late their av­er­age speed.

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

The sys­tem is de­signed to stop peo­ple from slow­ing down for a sin­gle cam­era and then speed­ing up as soon as they pass it. De­spite clear signs along the by­pass, around 30 peo­ple a day were caught speed­ing in the first 12 weeks of the cam­eras go­ing live.

Ac­cord­ing in­for­ma­tion re­vealed by a Free­dom of In­for­ma­tion re­quest by the Ad­ver­tiser, 2,358 driv­ers and mo­tor­cy­cle rid­ers were cap­tured al­legedly ex­ceed­ing the speed limit.

The data cov­ered up to Oc­to­ber 31 and worked out as an av­er­age of 28 peo­ple per day.

The fastest of these was recorded at 101mph – dou­ble the 50mph limit.

Plans to in­stall the cam­eras on the A565 and seven other Lan­cashire lo­ca­tions were ap­proved by the Lan­cashire Road Safety Part­ner­ship with the hope of re­duc­ing the death toll and im­prov­ing road safety.

The part­ner­ship funded the scheme, with Lan­cashire po­lice now re­spon­si­ble for en­forc­ing the cam­eras.

A po­lice spokesman said: “The in­tro­duc­tion of the sys­tem is in­tended to pos­i­tively in­flu­ence driver be­hav­iour and en­sure that mo­torists com­ply with the set lim­its on roads, re­sult­ing in a safer en­vi­ron­ment for all road users.”

Ac­cord­ing to a Free­dom of In­for­ma­tion re­quest sub­mit­ted by the Press As­so­ci­a­tion last month, just 13 of Mersey­side’s 35 fixed speed cam­eras were ac­tu­ally op­er­a­tional.

Traf­fic lights on a sec­tion of Tar­leton by­pass

Speed cam­eras: 2,358 driv­ers clocked in 12 weeks

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