New life-saving speed cameras switched on
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.”