New cameras force drivers to cut their speed by 14 per cent
EIGHT new Birmingham and Solihull speed cameras have forced drivers to slash average speeds, new figures show.
Those on part of the busy Hagley Road in Birmingham have resulted in average speeds being cut by more than 20 per cent.
The results were revealed by West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson, who said speeds at all sites had been reduced by an average of 14 per cent.
The controversial new cameras were installed last August as part of a 21- month trial and were switched on nearly three years after obsolete fixedpoint speed cameras were deactivated. Earlier this year it was revealed that 23,334 motorists were caught speeding in the first 12 months at the eight sites.
West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson says speeds at all the new camera sites have been reduced by 14 per cent.
The cameras were installed last August as part of a 21- month trial and were switched on three years after obsolete fixed- point cameras were deactivated.
Earlier this year, it was revealed revealed that 23,334 motorists were caught speeding in the first 12 months alone at the eight sites.
The new figures show the cameras, which cost more than £ 1 million to install, are flashing an average of 64 speeders every day.
The new cameras use Automatic Number Plate Recognition to calculate average speed by measuring the time taken to travel between defined points of a known distance. Mr Jamieson said: “The initial findings from the trial are very encouraging. They are making Birmingham and Solihull’s roads safer. Speed is one of the biggest causes of deaths on the road and one of the main issues that local people raise with me.
“This shows that we are on the side of the overwhelming majority of motorists who drive safely and sensibly. I am looking forward to working with other councils across the West Midlands to roll out the scheme further.”
Councillor Stewart Stacey, Cabinet Member for Transport and Roads at Birmingham City Council, said: “These cameras are not about making money, but about encouraging motorists to think about and change their behav- iour on the roads, to make them safer for all.
“These figures for the first 12 months are extremely encouraging as they show that motorists are taking notice and, cru- cially, modifying the way they drive.”
The cameras will be operational for five years and there will be further evaluation phase to assess their effectiveness.
i‘ nit‘ The ial findings from the trial are very encouraging. They are making Birmingham and Solihull’s roads safer. DAViD JAMiESON, CRiME COMMiSSiONER
One of the average speed cameras that have forced drivers to slow down