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The Birmingham speed camera which caught 5,000 in a month revealed

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Birmingham Mail Freedom of Information request reveals startling statistics

A single speed camera in Birmingham caught almost 5,000 motorists in just a month, the Birmingham Mail can reveal.

The site on Bristol Road between Priory Road and Speedwell Road clocked an incredible 4,889 drivers going too fast.

The Mail can today reveal the information after being locked in a battle with West Midlands Police.

Eight new average speed cameras went live on August 8 and we submitted a Freedom of Information request to find out where most speeders were being caught.

But initially the police refused to say which camera was which, describing them by numbers ‘camera 1’ etc.

Now the Mail has appealed – and the police have relented – allowing us to tell you where motorists have been caught breaking the law.

Even though there are eight of the small cameras (see video above for all the locations) only two were switched on in the first month.

The Mail understands that the sites will only be used on a rotational basis – but drivers will never know which ones are on.

In the first month these are the cameras and numbers of motorists caught:

Camera 1 – A4540 New John Street West – 1084 offences

Camera 2 – B4114 Bradford Road between Old Croft Lane and Chester Road – 68 offences

Camera 3 – B4114 Bradford Road between Chester Road and Old Croft Lane – 72 offences

Camera 4 – Bristol Road between Priory Road and Speedwell Road – 4889 offences

A spokesperson for the speed camera partnership told the Mail : “Like most other road safety schemes, the cameras are enforced on a rolling basis. It would defeat the purpose of the safety scheme to reveal which cameras are active at any one time.

Average Speed Camera on the A38 Bristol Road

Average Speed Camera on the A38 Bristol Road

“So far, 6,000 people have been caught speeding and putting other road users – and themselves – at risk. That’s 6,000 drivers caught breaking the law before even a full rotation of the active cameras.

“Once a full rotation has been completed, we will publish all of the data, including how many drivers are caught speeding at each specific location.”

Councillor Stewart Stacey, cabinet member for transport and roads at Birmingham City Council, said: “These average speed cameras are an important tool in encouraging motorists to think about and, if they have not yet done so, to change their behaviour on our roads by keeping to the speed limit. And these figures show that they are effective.

“As I have said before, this isn’t about making money but about making our roads safer for all and the fact these cameras operate on a rotational basis further demonstrates this. It doesn’t matter which cameras are operating at any one time – speed limits are there for a reason and if you exceed them then don’t be surprised to be caught on camera.”

 

Courtesy: BEN HURST

 
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