The Assistant Police and Crime Commissioner Dr Lynnette Kelly has welcomed the installation of average speed enforcement cameras to improve road safety.
The campaign aims to reduce road casualties and tackle anti-social behaviour.
Average speed cameras have been initially installed in Wolverhampton, with a phased introduction planned across the rest of the Black Country.
Introduction of the cameras will help strengthen speed enforcement, reducing road incidents and clamping down on careless drivers.
The cameras are being installed on the following routes:
- Wolverhampton A449 Stafford Road and A4444 Black Country New Road
- Walsall A34 Birmingham Road, A4444 Black Country New Road, A4148
- Broadway North and A41 Black Country New Road, Moxley to Dangerfield
- Dudley A4123 Birmingham New Road and A458 The Hayes/Park Rd/Drews Holloway/Stourbridge Rd (Lye to Halesowen)
In 2017, there were 503 road traffic collisions across Wolverhampton. 84 of these collisions resulted in serious injury, with one person killed.
Across the Black Country, there were 2,105 road traffic collisions. 418 of these casualties resulted in serious personal injury and 24 people lost their lives.
The new cameras aim to support the West Midlands Combined Authority Road Safety Strategy to significantly reduce killed and seriously injured casualties in the West Midlands.
Dr Lynnette Kelly, Assistant West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner, said: “I have promised that I would improve road safety and do all I could to reduce the number of injuries and deaths on our roads.
“That is why I am pleased that these safety cameras are being delivered. Speed is one of the biggest causes of deaths on the road and one of the biggest issues that local people raise with me on a daily basis.
“The Black Country Councils are installing the cameras and the police are supporting them by processing and enforcing the fines. This shows that we are on the side of the overwhelming majority of motorists who drive safely and sensibly and want others to do so also.”
Councillor Steve Evans, Cabinet Member at City of Wolverhampton Council added: “It’s shocking to see the amount of people that have been seriously injured and even lost their lives on our roads. We recognise something needs to be done to tackle this Black Country-wide issue to reduce road incidents and anti-social behaviour.
“As a council, we have a responsibility to implement a wide-range of engineering and education schemes to address road safety issues to protect our residents and visitors.
“As well as supporting the Black Country car cruising ban, average speed enforcement cameras have been successful in reducing road accidents in other areas and I’m pleased to see them arrive in Wolverhampton and the rest of the Black Country to improve safety for all road users.”
Average speed enforcement cameras are also set to be introduced in Sandwell on A34 Birmingham Rd (between Scott Arms and Walsall boundary) and A4123Wolverhampton Road (between Hagley Road and Pound Road) subject to Sandwell Council’s Cabinet approval in April.Back to News Archive