Staffordshire and West Midlands speed cameras turned off

More than 200 speed cameras in the West Midlands will be turned off on Friday.

The West Midlands Casualty Reduction Scheme, which manages the cameras, was funded by seven local authorities but that has been withdrawn.

West Midlands Police has said it will pay more than £1m to keep the remaining 100 fixed cameras running.

Staffordshire Road Safety Partnership confirmed cameras in the county will also be switched off but would not say how many or where.

In total, more than 300 are to be deactivated by councils in England and Wales on Friday.

'Save lives'

Road safety group Brake, which is against the cameras being switched off, said they work "on reducing casualties and protecting people".

But the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (Rospa) said it would like to see more cameras kept on in the West Midlands.

It said it did accept, however, the situation regarding budget cuts.

A spokesman said: "It's positive we will see the 100 cameras which will be in the worst black spots for accidents and they will help to save lives on our roads."

The authority areas affected by the cuts in the West Midlands are Birmingham, Coventry, Dudley, Sandwell, Solihull, Walsall and Wolverhampton.

The force, which said the cost of one fatal collision is estimated at £1.9m, has said two mobile camera vans will also be deployed across 19 sites.

It is up to councils to decide if they want to remove the remaining cameras or leave them as a deterrent.

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