Five sites may have cameras
By Jo Duckles
Experts are to consider installing speed cameras at five rural Oxfordshire sites to prevent deaths and serious injuries on the county's roads.
The Oxford Mail can reveal that the Thames Valley Safer Roads Partnership will be investigating whether cameras would help stop motorists breaking the 30mph limit on rural roads. The roads are High Street in Culham, Sires Hill in Brightwell-cum-Sotwell, Wantage Road, Wallingford, and London Road and Bessel's Way, Blewbury.
The list of potential speed enforcement sites has been provided by the Safer Roads Partnership. It follows calls from MPs for more money to be spent providing speed cameras around the country.
As reported in the Oxford Mail, a fatal crash on the M40 on December 2 brought the death toll on Oxfordshire's roads to 57 this year - 17 higher than last year's total. Oxfordshire already uses cameras at 107 sites, 74 with fixed boxes and 33 covered mobile cameras fitted in vans.
Claire Lacey, 31, of High Street, Culham, said: "It's pretty much like a Grand Prix track in the mornings and evenings. People come from the Sutton Courtenay direction and cut through the village instead of going up to the traffic lights to use the Dorchester Road.
"There have been quite a few near misses at the bottom of the hill where there is a blind bend. People do more than 30 along there, often up to 50 and we have seen them going a lot faster."
As reported last month, the House of Commons Transport Select Committee said it wanted to see more money made available to cover more places with cameras.
Dan Campsall, of the Safer Roads Partnership, said: "Residents or parish councils will have written to the police and the county council asking for speed enforcement, and those requests are passed to us.
"It usually takes about three months to respond to a request for enforcement, sometimes a bit longer."