Better sites for speed cameras

Questions have been asked about the validity of siting mobile speed cameras on some of the county’s roads.

Councillors are concerned that mobile speed cameras used by the Northumbria Safer Roads Initiative (NSRI) could be put to a better use.

Figures outlined at Northumberland County Council’s full meeting last Tuesday showed a mobile speed camera had been deployed on the A697 on nine occasions between August last year and February 1, being switched on for a total of 27 hours.

Coun Glen Sanderson, who represents Longhorsely on the outskirts of Morpeth, asked whether areas identified as a road risk could be chosen instead.

He said: “On the outskirts of Morpeth in a 30mph zone, there has been a mobile speed camera parked 18 times over the last six months. On that part of the road there have been no speed related accidents.

“Given the fact the county council contributes to the NSRI, if safety is at the heart of what we’re trying to do, why do we have cameras when there is no safety issues when we have been asking for speed cameras where they are justified?”

Coun Ian Swithenbank, policy holder for highways, agreed, saying: “Some cameras are in the right position and others are inappropriate.

“I think more emphasis should be placed on making people aware of how many drivers are caught speeding.”