Speed cam­eras trap 6,000 at crash hotspot

Southport Visiter - - Front Page - BY JAMIE LOPEZ jamie.lopez@reach­plc.com @jamie_lopez1

MORE than 6,000 of­fences were reg­is­tered in the first year of av­er­age speed cam­eras on the Tar­leton By­pass.

Fig­ures ob­tained un­der a Free­dom of In­for­ma­tion Act re­quest by the Visiter, show 6,356 of­fences recorded in the first 12 months of cam­era use.

Av­er­age speed cam­eras, which are in­stalled on the stretch of the A565/South­port Road be­tween the B5246 at Mere Brow and the Gravel Lane round­about at Banks, use au­to­matic num­ber plate recog­ni­tion to mon­i­tor the speed recorded over a longer dis­tance than tra­di­tional cam­eras, mean­ing drivers can­not sim­ply slow down for a short stretch of road, then im­me­di­ately speed up.

The stretch of road was one of eight ac­ci­dent blackspots in the county iden­ti­fied by Lan­cashire po­lice and Lan­cashire Road Safety Part­ner­ship in a £2.15m project.

Drivers caught go­ing too fast face £100 fixed penalty no­tices, plus three points on their li­cences, with those guilty of higher speeds taken to court.

The cam­eras went live on Au­gust 10 last year, and more than 1,000 speed­ing of­fences were caught in the first month alone.

While the fig­ures re­mained high for the first three months, there was a sig­nif­i­cant re­duc­tion as of No­vem­ber, sug­gest­ing the cam­eras had be­gun to have an ef­fect on re­duc­ing speed on the road.

The fastest of­fender in the first year was recorded at an av­er­age speed of 101mph, dou­ble the 50mph limit. More than half of the of­fences reg­is­tered were clocked at 60-70mph.

A spokesman for the Lan­cashire Road Safety Part­ner­ship said: “We are de­lighted to see a sig­nif­i­cant de­crease in the num­ber of mo­torists de­tected ex­ceed­ing the speed limit fol­low­ing the in­stal­la­tion of the South­port New Road av­er­age speed sys­tem last year.

“There is a large vol­ume of traf­fic that uses this route and the vast ma­jor­ity of mo­torists are obey­ing the speed limit. We’d like to thank the mo­torists who have helped to make South­port Road safer for all road users and res­i­dents in that area.”

Av­er­age speed cam­eras are now in op­er­a­tion

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