27th Feb, 2021

No escape: New style speed cameras rolled out across county

SOPHISTICATED new speed cameras have been bought to to deter and detect speeding motorists.

The equipment, to be used by Warwickshire Police, comes thanks to a £20,000 grant from Police and Crime Commissioner Philip Seccombe’s Road Safety Fund.

The kit will be put to immediate use by both Safer Neighbourhood Team and Operations Patrol Unit officers across the county.

In particular it will help 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 offenders as well as high-resolution imagery which can reveal the make, model and registration plates.

Due to its ability to record at the point of capture the equipment will reduce the need for officers to attend court in those cases where an offence is contested.

“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,” said Mr Seccombe.

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

Inspector Jem Mountford added: “The new equipment is very portable and officers can easily set up anti speeding operations on hot spot routes with the added benefit that officers can be more mobile and responsive to changing demands.”

In Warwickshire, between January 1, 2017 and December 31, 2019, 92 people were killed and 669 seriously injured in collisions where speed or loss of control was recorded as a contributory factor.

Last month the force announced that more than 3,000 motorists had been caught speeding as lockdown restrictions eased.

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