Average Speed Cameras - Evo Triangle
Following a Welsh Government Road Safety Grant, Denbighshire and Conwy County Council have collaborated to install an average speed camera scheme.
Incidents of dangerous driving involving excessive speed have persisted on the route, and the scheme to improve driver safety and reduce collisions has been jointly led by Denbighshire County Council and Conwy County Borough Council, in order to tackle such occurrences. The scheme heralds a partnership approach, which sees also sees contributions from North Wales Police and GoSafe, the Wales Road Casualty Reduction Partnership.
Superintendent Jane Banham, Head of Specialist Operations, North Wales Police stated: “We are committed to keeping people safe on the roads and our message is clear – we want people to enjoy the freedom of the road but to do so safely and responsibly. All too often, police and our partners in the other emergency services are called to serious and fatal road traffic collisions across the region. Staying safe on the road applies to every single one of us, whether we have two or four wheels on our vehicle.
Whilst the vast majority of motorists drive or ride appropriately, some choose to use the roads as a racetrack, committing serious breaches of road safety legislation, such as speeding and driving or riding dangerously thereby putting themselves and other road users at risk of death or life changing injury.
During the installation period of the Average speed camera scheme, North Wales Police will continue to provide an enforcement presence in order to ensure compliance with the law. “
Teresa Ciano, Partnership Manager, GoSafe added, “GoSafe will administer the offences of the average speed camera system when they are live. There will be a period after the roadside equipment goes in where we will be establishing and testing the IT and communications infrastructure to ensure the accuracy of the equipment. Until the cameras are fully live to issue notices of intended prosecution, GoSafe mobile enforcement of speeding, not wearing seatbelts and using mobile phones will continue to support our North Wales Police colleagues to encourage safe driving on the routes.”
Councillor Donald Milne, Conwy Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, Roads and Facilities, said: “Incidents of dangerous driving involving excessive speed have been of great concern to the local community for some time. We’ve been working closely with Denbighshire County Council and North Wales Police to find ways to tackle the problem, and we’ve worked with GoSafe to plan the implementation of the safety camera scheme. I’m very pleased to see the cameras now being installed and tested, and look forward to the scheme going live at the earliest opportunity.”
Councillor Brian Jones, Denbighshire’s Cabinet Lead Member for Highways, Planning and Sustainable Travel, said: “We are delighted that the bid for funding has been successful. There have been concerns locally about the fact that the long stretches of open roads in this area is a magnet for motorists wanting to test their speed and ability. Whilst we fully understand that the natural beauty of this part of the world is an attraction, we want to make sure that motorists travel on our roads safely by reducing their speeds, adhering to warning and information signs located along the roads and considering the safety of other road users. Introducing road safety measures is only one part of the answer. We need people to modify their driving behaviour on our roads, to protect their own safety and that of others.”
Posted on 09/04/2019