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Change of direction on East Lancashire's speed cameras
3:00pm Monday 11th June 2012 in News
MOBILE speed cameras are due to be rolled out across East Lancashire as a more targeted approach to tackling speeding.
Lancashire currently has 287 static speed cameras, but only 32 cameras, which alternate between sites, because of costs.
It means that less than 10 per cent of all the cameras in Lancashire can be working at any one time.
In a bid to make the system more efficient, Lancashire County Council’s Roadwatch scheme is introducing around 60 new mobile camera sites, which will be identified by the end of the year.
Under the new project, roads will be categorised as red, amber or green sites, depending on how many incidents have been caused there, to determine priority areas.
The yellow cameras currently in place will remain to act as a deterrent to drivers.
A pilot of the scheme has already been carried out in Lancashire Constabulary’s Northern Division, which includes Wyre and Lancaster, and is currently being evaluated.
County Coun Tim Ashton, cabinet member for highways and transport at Lancashire County Council, said: “We have reviewed the speed cameras to make sure they're making the best possible contribution towards improving road safety.
“Some of the sites are on roads where there is a big problem with speeding and accidents, and some of the sites are in places where these problems have considerably reduced since the camera site was originally put in place.
“Following the review the police will use them to do more enforcement at the red sites where there is a bigger road safety problem, and less, or possibly no enforcement, at the green sites where safety has improved.”