Howgate speed cameras 'a success'

Published on 18/04/2006

SPEED cameras installed on the A595 between Workington and Whitehaven have been hailed a success.

People living at Howgate say the cameras have cut vehicle speeds and noise since they were switched on at the turn of the year.

A spokesman for the Cumbria Safety Cameras scheme said only a few motorists had been trapped by the system. He would not reveal the exact figures but said: “What we can say is that local people have welcomed the fixed cameras which are the only ones in west Cumbria.


“They say that traffic has slowed down and, as a result of that, noise levels have also been reduced. It is particularly noticeable at night.”

“It would appear that the system has done its job. The numbers caught have been small. People tend to get caught at the beginning then number tail off.”

Howgate has been identified as a speeding “hotspot” – there have been five accidents where people have been killed or seriously injured there in the past three years.

The £45,000 cameras are funded through the partnership which is made up of the police, Cumbria County Council, Highways Agency and the courts service.

A recent survey by Cumbria Safety Cameras found increasing support for the systems which are mainly sited in the south of the county.

Last December, 86 per cent of those surveyed backed use of the tactic – slightly up on the 84 per cent who backed cameras in September. Seventy-seven per cent were in favour in June.

The survey also found respondents strongly in favour of much tougher sentences for motorists who have accidents while driving dangerously.

Eighty-four per cent of people questioned supported a driving ban of five to 10 years depending on the severity of the accident.