A welcomed installation of average speed cameras
Following their installation and a successful period of testing, the cameras will now go live for enforcement between Junction 5 of the M65 near Belthorn through to the A56 at Haslingden – a total distance of 4.93 miles.
Lancashire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Clive Grunshaw, said; “Evidence shows that speeding is a major factor in road deaths and serious collisions, with careless drivers putting their own lives and the lives of others at risk.
“These cameras on Grane Road will, like the others being placed across the county, make Lancashire’s roads safer, help to save lives and prevent further victims from receiving life changing injuries.
“I’m pleased to see this enforcement activity continuing, with further routes due to go live in the future.”
Inspector Kevin Evans said, “In the last 7 years two families have lost loved ones in accidents on this road, 13 people have been seriously injured and a further 105 people have received minor injuries. This is why we have worked with the Road Safety Partnership to make sure motorists slow down and reduce the risk of death and injury and to ensure the speed limit is effectively enforced.”
This is the fifth of eight routes across the county to be enforced, while installation is on-going or about to begin on the remaining roads throughout Lancashire.
The Lancashire Road Safety Partnership (LRSP) gave the go ahead for the scheme last year and in January announced the chosen routes in a bid to reduce road casualties and collisions.
The Partnership decided to adopt the system using average speed cameras as safety and motorist compliance has consistently improved on a variety of road types using the system in other parts of the UK.
The cameras will use number plate recognition technology to detect vehicles and calculate their average speed by measuring the time taken to travel between fixed points of a known distance apart. Average speed check signage will be used to inform drivers that they are entering an average speed control zone.
The introduction of the system is intended to positively influence driver behaviour and ensure that motorists comply with the set limits on roads, resulting in a safer environment for all road users.
There will be sanctions for anyone detected breaching the speed limits, where eligible they will be given the opportunity to attend a speed awareness course to learn about the dangers of speeding, accept a conditional offer of a fixed penalty (currently £100 and 3 penalty points) or for higher speeds the matter may be referred to court.
More information about the average speed cameras can be found on the constabulary website: www.lancashire.police.uk/help-advice/road-safety/average-speed-cameras/
For more information from the Partnership you can visit: www.lancsroadsafety.co.uk/speed.