Rooksbridge speed camera is among seven switched back on
widow whose husband was killed by a speeding car near Burnham-On-Sea
has welcomed the news that seven speed cameras across Somerset
are being switched back on again from today (Wednesday).
the cameras being returned to operation is one on the A38 in Rooksbridge
where Pat Ireland's husband was killed in 2008.
Ireland, whose husband Gordon was killed while crossing the A38
in a collision
with a car in Rooksbridge in 2008, welcomed the news.
have campaigned for many years to get the speed camera here turned
back on - they are much needed and this is excellent news that
may help reduce the risk of further accidents," she told
(Wednesday, February 11th) marks the beginning of a road safety
project that will see a total of 29 static cameras become operational
again for the first time since 2011 across the Avon and Somerset
force area - with seven in Somerset, listed below.
cameras were previously switched off across Somerset in 2011 when
Government funding was withdrawn for the joint local authority
and police Safety Camera Partnership.
cameras in Somerset being switched back on:
A38 Bridgwater Road, Cross
A39 Bath Road, near junction B3141 Woolavington Hill, Bawdrip
Fore Street, Othery
A38 Chritchard Parkway, junction A38 East Reach, Taunton
A358, near junction Lipe Lane/Stoke Road, Henlade
B3440 New Bristol Road, near Mendip Green First School,
and Somerset Polices 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."
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.
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% 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."
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. Im
pleased that I can now tell them they are back on."
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."