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  1. Published on: 08/08/2017 03:52 PMReported by: rogerblaxall
    A new average speed camera scheme will go live from Thursday 10 August on the A565 Southport New Road, it has been confirmed.

    The cameras will be enforced following the successful installation from the Gravel Lane roundabout, to Mere Brow roundabout and on towards the traffic lights at Tarleton; a total of 3.7 miles. This section of the A565 is subject to a 50 mph speed limit.

    This is the third of eight routes across the county to go live, while installation is on-going or yet to begin on the remaining roads throughout Lancashire.

    The Lancashire Road Safety Partnership (LRSP) gave the go ahead for the scheme last year and in January announced the chosen routes in a bid to reduce road casualties and collisions.

    The Partnership decided to adopt the system using average speed cameras as motorist compliance has consistently improved on a variety of road types using the system in other parts of the UK.

    The cameras will use number plate recognition technology to detect vehicles and calculate their average speed by measuring the time taken to travel between fixed points of a known distance apart. Average speed check signage will be used to inform drivers that they are entering an average speed control zone.

    The introduction of the system is intended to positively influence driver behaviour and ensure that motorists comply with the set limits on roads, resulting in a safer environment for all road users.

    There will be sanctions for anyone detected breaching the speed limits, where eligible they will be given the opportunity to attend a speed awareness course to learn about the dangers of speeding, accept a conditional offer of a fixed penalty (currently £100 and 3 penalty points) or for higher speeds the matter may be referred to court.

    For more information from the Partnership, visit: www.safe2travel.co.uk/speed
    - alongside Lancashire Constabulary the 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.
     

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