Birmingham to reintroduce average speed cameras
Average speed enforcement cameras are to be reintroduced in the Midlands in a bid to encourage drivers to adhere to the speed limit.
The cameras, which will be located across Birmingham and Solihull, will be switched on from 18 July.
Under the watchful eye of Birmingham City Council and Solihull Borough Council, they will be operational for a term of five years. An initial 21-month evaluation phase is to take place, assessing the effectiveness of the cameras, equipment and the overall system.
Latest figures show that in the years 2010-2014, there were 2,356 people killed or seriously injured in Birmingham and Solihull, an average of 471.2 per year.
Research for the RAC Foundation, published last month, revealed more than 250 miles of roads in Great Britain are now monitored by average speed cameras.
The plan to reintroduce camera speed enforcement on the roads of Birmingham and Solihull was formally agreed late last year. It is hoped that the initial pilot will help inform the wider efforts to make the region’s roads as safe as they can possibly be.
Councillor Stewart Stacey, Birmingham City Council, said: “Most people will see no impact to their overall journey time as this is all about enforcing speed limits that already exist on the roads in question – all of which are routes with a significant record for accidents historically.
“It will only be the minority who continually exceed the speed limit and endanger others who will be caught by our adoption of this new modern technology.”
Councillor Ted Richards, Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council, added: “This new digital technology will play a very important role in keeping the region’s roads safe.
“Thousands of people use the roads through Birmingham and Solihull every day and any work that local authorities can do to keep them safe is certainly positive.
“The cameras, and associated signs, are very noticeable; the only people being caught are those who choose to ignore them.”