New digital speed cameras to keep motorists in check

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Two of West Yorkshire’s first digital speed cameras will operate in Outwood and Newton Hill.

One of the cameras is already in place on Leeds Road, close to the Empire fish and chip restaurant.

The second will be installed in about two weeks, on the same road, on an existing traffic island between Silver Street and Moxon Grove.

The new cameras take digital photographs and therefore do not require film.

They can also monitor traffic in both directions.

Along with another set of cameras in the Killingbeck area of Leeds, they are the first to be installed in West Yorkshire.

Outwood councillor Charlie Keith said he had campaigned for speed cameras for about two years.

He said: “Some people believe cameras are just there for revenue, but I hope we don’t make a penny out of it.

“It has been a long fight for the residents of Leeds Road who have been calling for traffic calming measures for a long time. There’s a reason why these cameras have been installed and I really hope drivers slow down.

“The council’s highways department have been very supportive over this and I’m pleased that they are now installed.”

The West Yorkshire Casualty Reduction Partnership sets the criteria for speed cameras, which takes into account the number of severe incidents, speed limit and prevalence of speeding.

But other accident hot-spots, such as Doncaster Road, in Crofton, have come short of the requirements despite several serious accidents and tireless campaigning from local groups.

Wakefield Council said the cameras were funded by the Local Transport Plan and therefore did not impact on its revenue budget.

Graham West, highways network service manager, said: “We have been working with the West Yorkshire Casualty Reduction Partnership and are pleased that two new digital speed cameras are to be installed on Leeds Road, in Outwood.

“We will continue to work with the partnership as part of our continuing road safety programme.”

PENALTY

Speeding carries a maximum fixed penalty of £60 and three points on your driving licence, but for cases referred to court fines can be up to £2,500.

Some police forces allow drivers to do a speed awareness course instead of receiving penalty points.

The new cameras look likely to catch more speeders.

They are smaller in size, and because they do not rely on film, there is no limit to the number of shots that can be taken before film needs to be changed.