Po­lice ‘dis­ap­pointed’ by fig­ures

Rossendale Free Press - - St Annes-on-sea -

PO­LICE say they are ‘dis­ap­pointed’ af­ter fig­ures have re­vealed that nearly 10,000 peo­ple have been caught speed­ing on the Grane Road since av­er­age speed cam­eras were in­tro­duced.

A Lancashire po­lice spokesper­son said the road is one of the most dan­ger­ous stretches in the county.

They said: “The rea­son for the in­stal­la­tion of av­er­age speed cam­eras on eight routes in Lancashire was ul­ti­mately be­cause 12 peo­ple lost their lives on those roads. Speed is one of the main fac­tors in road col­li­sions and so we would like to re­mind mo­torists that the limit is there to en­sure the safety of all road users. The dif­fer­ence of a few miles per hour can mean the dif­fer­ence be­tween life and death; the faster some­one is driv­ing, the less time they have to stop if some­thing un­ex­pected hap­pens. We are dis­ap­pointed with the lev­els of com­pli­ance with the speed lim­its on this route and we would urge drivers to slow down on what is one of our most dan­ger­ous stretches of road.”

Po­lice also ad­mit the scheme is not yet hav­ing the de­sired ef­fect, adding: “It was hoped the num­bers would de­crease as they have on other av­er­age speed routes where com­pli­ance has been very high. The aim of the av­er­age speed sys­tem is not to catch peo­ple speed­ing but to re­duce their num­ber and thereby re­duce road ca­su­al­ties. We will con­tinue to mon­i­tor the sit­u­a­tion and take ad­di­tional ac­tion where nec­es­sary to make this road safer. All monies from Fixed Penal­ties are col­lected by Her Majesty’s Courts and Tri­bunal Ser­vice on be­half of the Trea­sury with no direct re­turn to Po­lice Forces or Road Safety Part­ner­ships. Mo­torists can only ac­cept a fixed penalty if they ad­mit be­ing the driver at the time of the al­leged of­fence though if el­i­gi­ble they may in­stead com­plete a speed aware­ness course or, of course, chal­lenge the ev­i­dence at court.”

Char­lotte Tat­ter­sall

●● An av­er­age speed cam­era on Grane road

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