Consideration given to putting speed cameras in Rutland
Fixed speed cameras could appear for the first time in Rutland in a bid to tackle residents’ number one crime bugbear.
Regular policing surveys show speeding and road safety remain top of people’s priorities, yet the county has so far resisted having any fixed speed cameras installed.
But with the three-month closure of the A6003 between Oakham and Manton, officers are seeing a huge increase in reports of motorists speeding through villages as they find alternative routes.
Sgt Paul Kear said: “Speeding is a massive issue and the Manton bridge-works diversion is causing great concern, particularly in the villages it affects, and along Brooke Road in Oakham passing the primary
“Because of the priority it is given by residents, we have introduced Operation Enforce to tackle issues on the road and this includes monitoring speeding, particularly through residential areas.”
Fixed cameras look set to be discussed by the Safer Rutland Partnership.
Coun Lucy Stephenson (Con), who represents the county council on the partnership, said: “At a recent meeting it was agreed a taskforce group involving the police and county council would meet to explore options for additional measures to improve road safety.
“As yet, there has been no discussion about the use of fixed cameras, although this is an option the partnership may explore further.”
Sgt Kear said he would welcome the arrival of fixed cameras in strategic locations, which were ‘conspicuous by their absence’.
“If we have no fixed speed cameras, the police have to be responsible for monitoring drivers all the time,” he said.
“We have a mobile camera unit but that can only be in one place at one time. We are looking for some movement on the issue of fixed cameras.”
In a recent day-long campaign on one stretch of road in Oakham, seven people were stopped for not wearing seatbelts, six for using a mobile phone at the wheel, and eight for having illegal number plates. A recent 50-hour campaign recorded 193 driving offences at 22 locations in Rutland.
Community Speed Watch, where volunteers monitor vehicle speeds, was suspended due to covid but is due to return this summer.
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