4th Aug, 2020

Speeding drivers target of new state-of-the-art cameras on Warwickshire's roads

Ian Hughes 2nd Jul, 2020

STATE-OF-THE-ART camera technology is helping catch speed drivers on Warwickshire roads.

The new LTI TruCAM II traffic and speed recording equipment will be put to immediate use Warwickshire Police by both Safer Neighbourhood Team and Operations Patrol Unit officers to help deter and detect speeding offences across the county.

The equipment will help officers identify high-speed offenders on two wheels as well as those on four, thanks to its ability to detect any type of vehicle, with video footage captured of the riders and drivers as well as high-resolution imagery which can reveal make, model and registration plates.

It will also free up officers’ time as they will be able to record evidence required at the scene, reducing the need for officers to attend court in those cases where an offence is contested.

Warwickshire Police and Crime Commissioner Philip Seccombe, who contributed £20,000 funding, said “Speeding makes it more difficult for a driver to maintain control of their vehicle and the police have my full support to enforce speed limits and take action against those who break the law as this will make Warwickshire’s roads safer for everyone.

“We know that bikers in particular can be more vulnerable in a collision, so it is important to be able to educate and where necessary enforce those who speed in order to ensure the safety of all road users.

Speed is just one factor, however, so I support a range of other initiatives aimed at bikers to help them improve their safety. These include BikeSafe, the police-led motorcycle safety initiative, and Biker Down, which offers free training courses for bikers in Warwickshire.”

Insp Jem Mountford welcomed the new technology.

He added: “The new equipment is very portable and this means officers can easily set up anti speeding operations on hot spot routes identified by the force, with the added benefit that officers can be more mobile and responsive to changing demands.

“It is not ok to speed. Speeding is one of the ‘fatal four’ major causes of death and serious injury on the roads and whilst we will always choose to educate first, the new speed cameras are a welcome addition.

“Officers will be using the equipment across Warwickshire specifically to deter speeding motorists and motorcyclists as one of a range of measures to help save lives.”

In Warwickshire, from 2017 to the end of last year, 92 people were killed and 669 seriously injured in collisions where speed or loss of control was recorded as a contributory factor.

Warwickshire Police announced in June that more than 3,000 motorists had been caught speeding as lockdown restrictions eased, highlighting the need to continue to target motorists who break the law.

 

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