The £1m speed cam­eras

10,000 drivers fined on dan­ger road in 3 months

Rossendale Free Press - - Front Page - STE­FAN JAJECZNYK

NEARLY 10,000 drivers have been caught speed­ing on one of the county’s ‘most dan­ger­ous’ roads since new av­er­age speed cam­eras were in­stalled just three months ago.

New fig­ures ex­clu­sively re­vealed to the Free Press un­der the Free­dom of In­for­ma­tion Act show that 9,921 mo­torists have been caught out since the B6232 Grane Road’s av­er­age speed cam­eras went live last Novem­ber.

Po­lice said that they were dis­ap­pointed that the mes­sage does not seem to be get­ting through to slow down. Speed­ers face a £100 fixed penalty - mean­ing close to £1m is owed in fines for speed­ing on the stretch be­tween Holden Place, Hasling­den and the M65 junc­tion near Belthorn.

NEARLY 10,000 drivers have been caught speed­ing on one of the county’s ‘most dan­ger­ous’ roads since new av­er­age speed cam­eras were in­stalled.

New fig­ures ex­clu­sively re­vealed to the Free Press un­der the Free­dom of In­for­ma­tion Act show that 9,921 mo­torists have been caught out since the B6232 Grane Road’s av­er­age speed cam­eras went live last Novem­ber.

And po­lice have ad­mit­ted they are dis­ap­pointed the mes­sage does not seem to be get­ting through to drivers to slow down.

Speed­ers face a £100 fixed penalty and three points on their li­cence - mean­ing close to £1m is owed by drivers in penal­ties for speed­ing on the stretch be­tween Holden Place, Hasling­den and the M65 junc­tion near Belt- horn. De­spite this de­ter­rent, the num­ber of drivers caught ac­tu­ally rose from the cam­eras’ first full month of op­er­a­tion last De­cem­ber, to Jan­uary, with more than 100 speed­ing tick­ets is­sued per day.

Lancashire po­lice said the scheme is not yet hav­ing the ef­fect the force would have de­sired since go­ing live.

A spokesper­son said: “It was hoped the num­bers would de­crease as they have on other av­er­age speed routes where com­pli­ance has been very high. We will con­tinue to mon­i­tor the sit­u­a­tion and take ad­di­tional ac­tion where nec­es­sary to make this road safer.”

The cam­eras - com­pris­ing a 50mph limit sec­tion and a 30mph limit sec­tion - went live on Novem­ber 6, 2017 fol­low­ing a pe­riod of test­ing.

Wors­ley ward coun­cil­lor Ann Kenyon says she thinks the cam­eras are not act­ing as a de­ter­rent as some peo­ple still do not re­alise they are in op­er­a­tion.

She said: “No­body should be speed­ing. A de­ter­rent has been needed for some time - hope­fully to cut down se­ri­ous ac­ci­dents.

“Peo­ple are crea­tures of habit. I think some peo­ple think they’ve not been switched on.”

Coun Kenyon added that she thinks the po­lice should reg­u­larly pub­lish the num­bers of peo­ple get­ting caught to re­mind drivers that the cam­eras are in op­er­a­tion.

Val­ley co­me­dian Ted Rob­bins, who has long cam­paigned against speed­ing, de­scribed the num­ber of drivers caught as ‘mas­sive’.

He said: “It’s a hell of a road and I wel­come the cam­eras. I say ‘drive like you did on your driv­ing test - it could be your son, daugh­ter or dad at risk.”

The road has seen 118 ac­ci­dents in less than a decade, in­clud­ing a fa­tal crash wit­nessed by Ted.

He added: “Th­ese things hap­pen and our emer­gency ser­vices deal with it, but few peo­ple ac­tu­ally see. It’s hor­rific.”

Lancashire’s Po­lice and Crime Com­mis­sioner Clive Grun­shaw said it was ‘sad­den­ing’ to see so many peo­ple hav­ing been caught so far.

He said: “Only a few miles per hour can mean the dif­fer­ence be­tween life and death.

“In an ideal world peo­ple would ob­serve the speed limit and we wouldn’t be catch­ing them break­ing the law.”

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