Police ‘disappointed’ by figures
POLICE say they are ‘disappointed’ after figures have revealed that nearly 10,000 people have been caught speeding on the Grane Road since average speed cameras were introduced.
A Lancashire police spokesperson said the road is one of the most dangerous stretches in the county.
They said: “The reason for the installation of average speed cameras on eight routes in Lancashire was ultimately because 12 people lost their lives on those roads. Speed is one of the main factors in road collisions and so we would like to remind motorists that the limit is there to ensure the safety of all road users. The difference of a few miles per hour can mean the difference between life and death; the faster someone is driving, the less time they have to stop if something unexpected happens. We are disappointed with the levels of compliance with the speed limits on this route and we would urge drivers to slow down on what is one of our most dangerous stretches of road.”
Police also admit the scheme is not yet having the desired effect, adding: “It was hoped the numbers would decrease as they have on other average speed routes where compliance has been very high. The aim of the average speed system is not to catch people speeding but to reduce their number and thereby reduce road casualties. We will continue to monitor the situation and take additional action where necessary to make this road safer. All monies from Fixed Penalties are collected by Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunal Service on behalf of the Treasury with no direct return to Police Forces or Road Safety Partnerships. Motorists can only accept a fixed penalty if they admit being the driver at the time of the alleged offence though if eligible they may instead complete a speed awareness course or, of course, challenge the evidence at court.”
●● An average speed camera on Grane road