Police add 30 extra speed cameras
Aug 18 2008 by Luke Traynor, Liverpool Echo
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THE number of speed camera sites have more than doubled across Merseyside.
An extra 30 locations have been unveiled as part of a bid to reduce deaths and serious injury.
The Merseyside Road Safety Partnership has launched two new enforcement vans to cover a total of 52 sites.
The extra locations have been identified as dangerous stretches of road where crashes are more common.
The vehicle will visit locations for two hours as computerised equipment on board records the speeds of passing vehicles.
Previously, the organisation had just one mobile van covering 30 temporary sites on Merseyside.
The partnership said newly-released figures show that the cameras are slowing down drivers.
In 2007, there were 30 road deaths on Merseyside, 512 seriously injured casualties and 5,225 slightly injured casualties.
New figures show that over the past three years there has been a 23% decrease in collisions at fixed camera sites.
Over the same period, the number of collisions at red light camera sites has fallen 28% while serious injuries have decreased by 12%.
The money from fines used to fund the Merseyside Road Safety Partnership, but a change in legislation last year resulted in the cash going to the government and the group receiving an annual grant.
Dave Foulkes, the Partnership Manager said: “We want to encourage people to drive within the speed limits.
“There are no excuses for speeding, think safety first.”
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