Derby

Speed cameras in Derby are taken out of use

  • 22 July 2010
  • From the section Derby

Three of Derby's speed cameras are being taken out of use and the other 17 are being reviewed, the city council has confirmed.

The authority had pledged to overhaul the network, saying they did not have a major impact on road safety.

The cameras to go are on Burton Road, Nottingham Road and a third near the Bridge Inn in Shelton Lock.

Officials said they would look at replacing cameras with signs which display vehicle speeds instead.

Road safety grants to councils nationally have been cut by the coalition government from £77m to £56m and funding for any new cameras halted.

Safety education

But councillor Chris Poulter, cabinet member in charge of neighbourhoods, said their move was based on safety.

"Since the installation of the camera on Burton Road, for example, you look at the accident statistics and the number of incidents have gone up, so we need to look at alternative ways of dealing with speed on that road," he said.

"There is a lot of information over the last few years about speeds on these roads and the indication is (speed cameras) are not working as intended."

He added: "We will assess each camera individually and look at alternative methods for working on reducing speed."

Derby and Derbyshire Road Safety Partnership said: "Speed cameras are just one of the tools which we use to make Derbyshire's roads safer.

"We continually review the mix of education, engineering and enforcement techniques we use to ensure our efforts to cut deaths and injuries are as effective as possible."

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