Mobile traps to move sites

A police mobile speed camera on Squires Gate Lane, South Shore.
A police mobile speed camera on Squires Gate Lane, South Shore.
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A RAFT of new mobile speed trap locations are to be launched in a bid to cut accidents.

The Lancashire Partnership for Road Safety, is looking to place the mobile enforcement vans at places where accidents involving speeding vehicles have been an issue.

A spokesman for Lancashire County Council, one of the partners in the road safety organisation, said there would be no more speed cameras used but the Lancashire Road Watch programme which has been trialled in Wyre and Lancaster will be rolled out in Fylde by the end of June.

One of the locations will be the A583 at Savick Bridge close to Preston’s border with Fylde.

Councillors were due to discuss its progress tomorrow.

He said: “Police and highways officers have been talking for some time about where these cameras really need to be placed.

“The mobile enforcement vans need to be in areas where there have been problems, but they also need to be places where they can safely park and operate.”

A Lancashire Police spokesman said: “This does not mean there will be more camera traps.

“It just means they will be moved to new locations.”

He added that no new fixed speed cameras were being introduced in Lancashire, although some of the old cameras were being brought up to date with the installation of new digital equipment which the county does not have at present.

There are currently 186 fixed camera sites in Lancashire and 48 in Blackpool which has some notorious sites for speeding drivers.

The A583 is among the worst roads for speeding offences. In 2011, 1,261 offences were captured on camera near Lomond Avenue, Blackpool, 1,139 opposite Kentmere Drive, 1,056 near Clifton Avenue, while on the A5230 Squires Gate Lane near Lindale Gardens, 967 people were caught speeding. Across the county in 2011, 36,822 drivers were caught speeding.

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