Speed camera fines put towards making roads safer
Money raised by average speed camera fines on the M5 is set to be put towards making roads in the county safer.
The speed cameras have to be installed on motorway roadworks as a health and safety requirement and the money raised totals £270,000.
This money will go into a ‘Problem Solving Hub’ to fund applications from towns, parishes and other groups and organisations that have ideas to make the roads in their neighbourhood safer.
Martin Surl said: “I get more correspondence around road safety than anything else and it regularly cropped up when I talked to people during the election campaign.
“Safe and social driving remains one of my priorities.”
The system a speed limit enforcement camera system, known as SPECS, charges drivers that go over the speed limit.
Mr Surl added: “The SPECS money is a windfall I can use to invest in systems and partnerships that will enable us to tackle issues like speeding and hopefully come up with some new ideas to make our roads safer.”
“Every parish and town council in the county was invited to bid when the idea was launched and there’s been a good response.
“My commissioning team will now be in touch with those who have come forward so I hope we can really get moving on this.”
Around 50 town and parish councils have so far expressed an interest. They will now be asked to make a formal application setting out their plans in more detail.
Rodborough Parish Council previously used the Commissioner’s Fund to install an automatic number plate recognition system (ANPR) – installed on the A46 near Stroud.
Charles Pedrick, Chairman of the Rodborough Road Safety Working Group, said: “We had already put in a lot of work and carried out a great deal of research but we could not have go there without the support of the Police and Crime Commissioner and his office.
“The ANPR camera has really started to make a big difference to the community living in this area and the Rodborough Road Safety Group will be trialling it in other parts of our Parish in the coming months to assess its effectiveness elsewhere.
The system captured 25,000 speeding motorists in just one week.
Mr Pedrick added: “The system we have may not be suitable everywhere but I would recommend as many parishes as possible come up with their own ideas as it will benefit the county as a whole.”