Speed cameras trap 6,000 at crash hotspot
MORE than 6,000 offences were registered in the first year of average speed cameras on the Tarleton Bypass.
According to figures obtained under a Freedom of Information Act request by the Advertiser, 6,356 offences were recorded in the first 12 months of the cameras going live.
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 and then immediately speed up again.
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 driving licences, with those guilty of higher speeds being summoned to court.
The cameras went live on August 10 last year, and more than 1,000 speeding offences were caught by the cameras 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 caught in the first year was recorded at an average speed on 101mph, double the 50mph limit.
More than half of the offences registered were clocked at between 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.”