The Lancashire Road Safety Partnership* (LRSP) has revealed plans to install average speed camera systems on some of the county’s most dangerous roads in an attempt to cut the number of casualties.
Announced yesterday (9 Jan), the eight routes selected have seen a total of 406 casualties over the last six years, with 13 people killed. 62 people have suffered ‘life changing’ injuries.
Work has already began to install the cameras, which will become live at staggered intervals between now and the end of 2017.
LRSP and Lancashire Constabulary opted for average speed cameras on the basis that the system has enhanced safety and achieved motorist compliance on a variety of road types in other parts of the UK.
LRSP points to research by the RAC Foundation which shows that fatal and serious collisions decrease by around a third after average speed cameras are introduced.
As part of the LRSP average speed project, research will be conducted to review speed data, traffic flow and casualty information on all of the routes.
The partnership says the introduction of the system is intended to positively influence driver behaviour and ensure motorists comply with the set limits on roads, resulting in a safer environment for all road users.
Assistant chief constable Tim Jacques, chair of the Lancashire Road Safety Partnership, said: “We don’t want to catch you speeding. Our primary aim is for all drivers to adhere to the safe speed limits on our roads, and these particular roads are proven to be amongst some of our most dangerous.
“It is well researched and documented that speeding can kill, but we know that a combination of education, engineering and enforcement can change behaviours and save lives. This is particularly important where there are recurring problems.
“The Partnership vision, ‘Towards Zero’, is that we work towards preventing all collisions that result in death or serious injury. Using clearly signed average speed cameras will play a vital role as part of this vision.”
*The Lancashire Road Safety Partnership includes representatives from Lancashire County Council, Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council, Blackpool Council, Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service, Highways England and the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner.