Police are trialling a new type of speed camera that can detect speeding offences as well as catching drivers jumping red lights.
The “speed on green” cameras are part of a strategy to cut the number of collisions and reduce vehicle speeds at junctions.
The cameras primarily act to catch drivers putting lives at risk by jumping red lights but can also record the speed of vehicles breaking the limit, regardless of the colour of the traffic light.
The new system is being trialled in Merseyside, where 577 people were killed or seriously injured on the roads last year.
Jayne Eaton from the Safer Roads Unit at Merseyside Road Safety Partnership said: “These cameras have the potential to improve safety on our roads by influencing the speed of drivers at junctions and reducing the risk of a crash. However, we would prefer if the cameras were redundant and drivers drove responsibly and within the speed limits.
“By their very nature, junctions present an increased risk to drivers. A green traffic light signal can often create an unpredictable situation for a driver to deal with and it is vitally important that drivers drive at an appropriate speed, one which enables them to stop safely should the traffic lights change or a pedestrian step into the road.”
The Road Safety Partnership, which is working with Merseyside Police on the trial said that a number of suitable junctions had been been earmarked for the speed on green cameras with Sefton being the first area to receive them and each will be clearly signposted.
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Merseyside’s Police Commissioner Jane Kennedy said: “Far too many people lose their lives or suffer serious injury on our roads. We know that speed is a major factor in many of those collisions and that’s why, we are looking for ways to encourage drivers to slow down.
“I hope that by implementing ‘speed on green’ cameras, more drivers will pay closer attention to their speed, make sure they are sticking to the limits and driving responsibly.”
Paul Mountford from the Safer Roads Unit added: “Drivers should remember that an amber light means ‘stop’ if safe to do so and we would warn drivers of the consequences of speeding at junctions, for example to ‘beat’ a red traffic light signal.
Speeding carries a penalty of £100 and three penalty points.”