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New speed cameras will be switched on in Wolverhampton and along key Black Country routes this week in a bid to make roads safer for motorists, pedestrians and cyclists.

The Average Speed Enforcement cameras will go live on Tuesday 1 December and aim to enforce speed limits, reduce accidents and clamp down on careless drivers and anti-social behaviour across the region.

They will also help boost the West Midlands Combined Authority’s Road Safety Strategy to significantly reduce deaths and serious injuries from road accidents.

Cameras will be switched on at the following locations:

  • 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 Road/Drews Holloway/Stourbridge Road (Lye to Halesowen)
  • Sandwell: A34 Birmingham Rd (between Scott Arms and Walsall boundary) and A4123 Wolverhampton Road (between Hagley Road and Pound Road)

Across the Black Country in 2019 there were 1,955 road traffic collisions injuring 2,660 people; 363 people suffered serious injury and 24 people lost their lives.

In Wolverhampton, there were 489 road traffic collisions injuring 667 people; 92 people suffered serious injury and six people were killed.

Additionally, across the region there has been increasing levels of anti-social behaviour such as car cruising which has adversely impacted on the community.

The West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner, David Jamieson said: “I promised to improve road safety and reduce road deaths when I was elected and these cameras will help us protect all road users and pedestrians.

“Speed is one of the biggest killers on our roads and one which people regularly raise with me. The vast majority of motorists follow the rules of the road and drive sensibly with care – we are on their side.

“These new cameras across Wolverhampton and the Black Country will now mean we have Average Speed Enforcement cameras across the West Midlands.

“The Black Country Local Authorities have installed the cameras and West Midlands Police will process and enforce the fines.”

Councillor Steve Evans, cabinet member for city environment, said: “It is dreadful to see the statistics which show just how many people have been seriously injured and even lost their lives on our roads. 

“Behind the numbers are families who can be impacted in a terribly tragic way and there are also knock-on effects to our communities and the local economy.

“I am delighted that City of Wolverhampton Council has led this work on behalf of the Black Country authorities. We all recognise something needs to be done to tackle this widespread issue to reduce road incidents and anti-social behaviour.

“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 switched on in Wolverhampton and the rest of the Black Country to improve safety for all road users.”

This approach to enforcement is fully endorsed by the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner as it improves the traffic speeds along the routes. It also enables the future introduction of enforcing red light running and ensures a consistent approach to the delivery of speed enforcement across the West Midlands area.

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