Lancashire

Lancashire gets speed cameras without warning signs

Mobile speed cameras without warning signs are being used in Lancashire for the first time.

It is part of a new scheme aiming to reduce the number of people killed and injured on the county's roads.

Lancashire Roadwatch is being piloted at accident blackspots in Lancaster and Wyre.

Ch Insp Debbie Howard said: "It is not about making money. We want to reduce speeds on our roads ultimately to save lives."

The initiative is a partnership between Lancashire Police and Lancashire County Council (LCC).

'Accident blackspots'

Ch Insp Howard said getting permission for warning signs was a "long and laborious process" and using mobile speed cameras would enable the force to react quickly.

Tim Ashton, the county council's cabinet member for highways and transport, said: "There are lots of accident blackspots in Lancashire and we want to be able to react quickly."

The routes where the speed enforcement cameras will be are available online.

Even though serious accidents on the county's roads fell by 48% last year, Ch Insp Howard said there were still too many casualties.

"Eight hundred and six [people] were still killed or seriously injured last year which equates to one person in Lancashire losing their lives on our roads each week and that is something we're not proud about.

"We need to reduce that and speed is one of the main reasons."

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