New life-sav­ing speed cam­eras switched on

Rossendale Free Press - - Cameras On Danger Road -

PO­LICE said 118 peo­ple have been in­jured on the Grane Road in less than a decade.

Av­er­age speed cam­eras went live on Mon­day, Novem­ber 6, fol­low­ing a suc­cess­ful test­ing pe­riod as part of a coun­ty­wide scheme to re­duce the risk of death and in­jury on our worst roads.

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

In­spec­tor Kevin Evans said av­er­age speed cam­eras have been proven to re­duce ac­ci­dents and col­li­sions by up to 30 per cent.

He said: “Over the last seven years there have been two peo­ple killed, seven peo­ple se­ri­ously in­jured and over 100 peo­ple suf­fer­ing mi­nor in­juries as a re­sult of col­li­sions. 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.

“Av­er­age speed cam­eras can lead to very dra­matic re­duc­tions in speed and a change in driv­ing be­hav­iour.”

Mo­torists caught break­ing the 50mph 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.

Lan­cashire’s Po­lice Com­mis­sioner Clive Grun­shaw, said: “Ev­i­dence shows that speed­ing is a ma­jor fac­tor in road deaths and se­ri­ous col­li­sions, with care­less driv­ers putting their own lives and the lives of oth­ers at risk.

“Th­ese cam­eras on Grane Road will, like the oth­ers be­ing placed across the county, make Lan­cashire’s roads safer, help to save lives and pre­vent fur­ther vic­tims from re­ceiv­ing life chang­ing in­juries.”

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