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Cameras go live in bid to reduce traffic speeds

Published Wednesday, 02 January 2019

Average Speed Enforcement cameras are now operating on two of Coventry’s busiest roads (from today Wednesday 2 January).

PHOTO: Cllr Pat Hetherton and Cllr Lynnette Kelly at the junction of London Road and Abbey Road.
PHOTO: Cllr Pat Hetherton and Cllr Lynnette Kelly at the junction of London Road and Abbey Road.

Average Speed Enforcement cameras are now operating on two of Coventry’s busiest roads.

Equipment has been installed on lamp columns along Ansty Road and London Road which will be able to measure the average speed of motorists.

The speed cameras will register the average speed of drivers along different points along stretches of Ansty Road and London Road. The move has been taken, by the Council and supported by West Midlands Police, to help reduce the speed of motorists.

Cllr Abdul Salam Khan, Coventry City Council’s Deputy Leader with responsibility for enforcement, said: “We have been running initial checks on the equipment and have been letting motorists know that the cameras will soon be live.

“Although West Midlands Police will be enforcing the limits we hope that the fact the cameras are in place will be a warning to drivers.

“The vast majority of people respect speed limits, but there have been examples where irresponsible motorists have ignored these limits resulting in avoidable collisions that have affected many people.

“The cameras are in response to concerns raised by a number of residents, and we’ve always made it clear that road safety is something we are prioritising and willing to invest in to ensure that our roads are made safer.”

“Educating drivers is our priority.”

Average Speed Cameras record the registration of a car and calculate its speed by measuring the time taken to travel between set points and are seen as an effective way of reducing speed, as they can cover a longer stretch of road compared to other cameras.

The Council is responsible for setting speed limits in the city and works closely with West Midlands Police which enforces them.

Assistant Police and Crime Commissioner for the West Midlands, Councillor Lynnette Kelly, said: “We promised to improve road safety and do all we could to reduce the number of injuries and deaths on our roads. That is why I am pleased to have helped get these cameras installed, and look forward to more across the West Midlands.

“These cameras are not being put in place to raise money, they will only cover the costs to West Midlands Police for enforcement and are for keeping people safe.

“Speed is one of the biggest causes of deaths on the road and one of the biggest issues that local people raise with me on a daily basis. Coventry are installing the cameras and the police are supporting them by processing and enforcing the fines.  This shows that we are on the side of the overwhelming majority of motorists who drive safely and sensibly."

Over a three-year period, London Road saw 22 accidents, including three fatalities and six serious injuries. In a similar period, there were 32 accidents on Ansty Road, resulting in two fatalities and five serious injuries.

The cameras on London Road cover the stretch from Allard Way to the A46, with the Ansty Road cameras covering from Dane Road to Clifford Bridge Road.

Clear signs make drivers they are entering an average speed control zone.

Income from motorists paying for speed awareness courses would be used to cover police costs and re-invested in maintaining and potentially extending the scheme.

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