March 10, 2009
high-tech roadside speed camera for A38 near Burnham-On-Sea
high-tech digital camera is to replace a traditional speed camera
at Rooksbridge, near Burnham-On-Sea, to help improve road safety,
the partnership behind the scheme has announced this week.
The new equipment will be installed during the next few weeks
on the A38 near Rooksbridge, Safecam said.
Safety cameras remain a contentious way of policing drivers' speed,
with many road safety groups claiming they play an important role
in reducing deaths and injuries, while some motorists and campaign
groups argue they are being used to help boost the Government's
Safecam, previously known as the Safety Camera Partnership, said
casualties on routes covered by cameras have fallen by 16 per
cent over the past five years.
David Gollicker of Safecam said this week: "Excessive and
inappropriate speed remains a major contributory factor in a high
proportion of crashes. There is no doubt that visible roadside
cameras reduce traffic speeds and the risk of collisions. This
is recognised by local communities who frequently ask for cameras
to be installed in their area."
Safecam said the introduction of digital technology has many advantages
over the old-style Gatso cameras, pictured, which use 35mm film
that has to be unloaded manually after taking 800 photographs.
Digital images can be retrieved automatically, direct from the
site over a broadband telephone link, and can be stored ready
for viewing at any time.
The new digital cameras will be painted bold yellow like
the traditional Gatsos to make them clearly visible to
There are now 63 fixed roadside cameras in the Avon and Somerset
police force area with another 42 cameras at light controlled
junctions to deter drivers from jumping red lights.