Friday, 13 March 2015

Speed cameras to be turned back on by Avon and Somerset Police


Speed cameras to be turned back on by Avon and Somerset Police

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Speed cameras to be turned back on by Avon and Somerset Police

The cameras were switched off in 2011 when Government funding was withdrawn for the joint local authority and police Safety Camera Partnership.

The first camera to be turned on was on the A4 at Bath Road Hill in Saltford.

Avon and Somerset Police plan to reactivate 29 static cameras across the force area.

Avon and Somerset Police’s Road Safety Superintendent Richard Corrigan said: “Our message is loud and clear – drivers should assume that all roadside fixed cameras are now operational and to drive accordingly.

“Drivers who choose to exceed the speed limit can expect to be caught and prosecuted if you exceed the legal speed limit.”

The camera locations will be publicised on the force’s website, but not the dates that they become live again.

The force bought six cameras for £1 each from Somerset County Council and 11 from South Gloucestershire Council. Two are owned by Bath and North East Somerset Council, one by North Somerset Council and nine remain the property of Bristol City Council.

The cameras will be switched back on in a phased programme, exact dates yet to be confirmed, over the coming weeks and months. Revenue raised from them will be used to fund their maintenance and enforcement.

Supt Corrigan said: “The ongoing work we have undertaken with our partners to reinstate static speed cameras in the force area is based on national research showing that cameras add value to road safety.

“27 per cent of priority issues raised with the police relate to speeding vehicles in our communities.

“Also, there was camera infrastructure worth more than two million pounds lying dormant on the roadsides in the force area. We believe that the static cameras can be operated in a cost-neutral way and that reactivating them for use alongside our mobile camera vans will help in making our roads safer.”

Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens said: “This is a positive move which will improve the safety of roads across Avon and Somerset. I know from speaking to people how important road safety is to them and many have been pressing to have the cameras in their communities turned back on as soon as possible. I’m pleased that I can now tell them they are back on.

“Static cameras will complement the work of the mobile speed enforcement vans and motorbikes that already work across Avon and Somerset and together they send a powerful message to drivers that speeding is being taken seriously.”

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