6,000 motorists caught speeding by cop cameras within one year
MORE than 6,000 offences were registered in the first year of average speed cameras on the Tarleton bypass near Southport.
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 technology to monitor the speed recorded over a longer distance than traditional cameras.
It means that 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.
Motorists found driving at higher speeds are 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