Nearly 5,000 caught speed­ing


Hinckley Times - - NEWS - DAN MARTIN hinck­ley­times@reach­

NEARLY 5,000 driv­ers were caught in the first month after new sets of av­er­age speed cam­eras were switched on along county roads.

High­ways bosses started speed en­force­ment at three lo­ca­tions in Wal­cote, Measham and Sharn­ford in Septem­ber and plan to ac­ti­vate a fur­ther four cam­eras else­where next month.

Le­ices­ter­shire County Coun­cil has re­leased fig­ures show­ing 4,764 fines were is­sued at the orig­i­nal three sites be­tween Septem­ber 15 and Oc­to­ber 15.

The camera on Burton Road in Measham was trig­gered 3,167 times, Wal­cote’s 1,513 times and the camera in Sharn­ford on just 84 oc­ca­sions.

It is un­der­stood the Sharn­ford camera was ac­ti­vated but has subse- quently been turned off for some pe­ri­ods of time.

Driv­ers caught speed­ing by the cam­eras will be given a £100 fixed penalty fine and three points on their li­cence so the cam­eras will have gen­er­ated a po­ten­tial £476,400 in their first few weeks – sub­ject to ap­peals.

County Hall is lob­by­ing the Government to be al­lowed to keep the first £500,000 to pay for the in­stal­la­tion costs of the cam­eras with all the in­come there­after go­ing to the trea­sury.

The county coun­cil has in­sisted the new cam­eras are only in­tended to slow traf­fic in areas where res­i­dents have com­plained about speed­ing ve­hi­cles, rather than gen­er­ate cash from mo­torists.

It es­ti­mates more than 600,000 ve­hi­cles would have passed the cam­eras over the month, with fewer than one per cent ac­tu­ally be­ing fined.

Coun Blake Pain, cab­i­net mem­ber for en­vi­ron­ment and trans­port said: “We are tri­alling the av­er­age speed en­force­ment across seven lo­ca­tions to ad­dress the con­cerns of res­i­dents and to make the roads as safe as they can be.

“Of the 600,000 ve­hi­cles pass­ing camera sites in Sharn­ford, Wal­cote and Measham over the past month, 0.78 per cent of the ve­hi­cles have been is­sued with no­tices. The trial isn’t about catch­ing and fin­ing mo­torists for speed­ing – we want peo­ple to stick to the speed lim­its.

“We hope that th­ese cam­eras, along with those cur­rently be­ing in­stalled in Oadby, Groby, Freeby and Wood­house Eaves, will stop peo­ple from speed­ing as it en­dan­gers the lives of other road users and pedes­tri­ans.”

It is an­tic­i­pated that the cam­eras in Oadby, Groby, Freeby and Wood­house Eaves will be in­stalled and switched on next month.


CRACK­DOWN: Speed cam­eras have been in­stalled on the B114 in Sharn­ford

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.