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UK News Why there are no fixed speed cameras in north west Wales

07:30  26 january  2020
07:30  26 january  2020 Source:   dailypost.co.uk

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a car driving down a street next to a highway: Average speed camera on the A55 at the bottom of Rhuallt Hill © North Wales Daily Post Average speed camera on the A55 at the bottom of Rhuallt Hill

There are no fixed speed cameras in North West Wales because not enough motorists have been killed in certain spots.

According to GoSafe, nowhere in Anglesey, Gwynedd or Conwy meet the criteria for a permanent speed deterrent.

That is, no road west of Denbighshire has seen more than one fatality, or at least one person seriously injured per km within a 35 month period.

The fact that not enough motorists have been injured following a crash per km along a particular stretch in the west is another reason behind the absence of the devices.

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a yellow sign hanging from a pole: Average speed camera on the A55 at the bottom of Rhuallt Hill © North Wales Daily Post Average speed camera on the A55 at the bottom of Rhuallt Hill

However in the east of North Wales, Wrexham, Flintshire and Denbighshire have a total of 15 fixed speed cameras - as well as two average speed cameras.

It comes despite more motorists being killed and seriously injured on roads in Anglesey, Gwynedd and Conwy than in the east of North Wales since 2015, according to the most recent Welsh Government statistics.

Road safety campaign group RoadPeace, say the criteria "should be re-examined".

A spokesman for the charity, said: "No one should be at risk of death or face a life changing injury because of unnecessary and illegal speeding on a dangerous road."

And another leading road safety charity, Brake, added: "No one should have to die or be seriously injured on our roads before deterrents to dangerous driving are considered.

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Wales Road Casualty Reduction Partnership GoSafe says the testing period also allows drivers to become familiar with the speed limit. There are also permanent average speed cameras on the A55 in north Wales and the A465 Heads of the Valleys road.

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"Speed is one of the biggest factors in all deaths on our roads and speed cameras are a proven and cost-effective way of reducing speed and preventing deaths and serious injuries.

"Brake fully supports the use of speed cameras as a crucial part of enforcing speed limits and tackling dangerous driving, helping to keep everyone safe on the roads."

Other factors including roads that see 85 per cent of motorists driving above the enforcement threshold in built up areas, or 5mph over the maximum speed limit in non-built up areas, are also considered.

In 2018, 21 people were killed on roads in the west - nine more than the year before - with 12 fatal incidents in 2018 the east.

The data shows 146 people were also seriously in North West Wales, compared to 135 in the east.

Go Safe © Ian Cooper/North Wales Live Go Safe

Despite no fixed cameras, GoSafe do currently operate 34 mobile speed van locations across Anglesey, 53 across Gwynedd and 25 across Conwy.

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To meet the criteria for a mobile speed van location, a road must have seen at least one fatal crash per km within a 35 month period, or seen a certain number of "slight accidents" per km.

A spokeswoman for GoSafe, said: "In terms of where and why cameras are placed, it’s entirely to do with the conditions on the highway, i.e. whether there’s any speed related collisions on the road, and whether speed cameras would be the best solution.

"The Highways Authorities have responsibility for identifying the best road safety intervention on any road, with engineering, education and enforcement being the wider solutions.

"Enforcement is the last resort."

She added: "As to why there’s a discrepancy across different highway areas - I can only say that any and all requests are considered with the exact same guidance.

"As the topography of each county varies it stands to reason that there are variations in collision and road profiles.

"In terms of the absence of fixed cameras in the counties below: they will not have had sites that meet the selection criteria and so justify installation of a fixed camera.

"However, part of the Average Speed Camera scheme on the 'Evo Triangle' lies within the Conwy boundary, although the majority is in Denbighshire.

"Denbighshire and Conwy worked closely together on the installation of this scheme, along with North Wales Police and GoSafe.

"GoSafe is a partnership between the highways authorities, police and Welsh Government and we work closely together to improve safety on the roads in Wales."

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