Cameras to clock speed at accident blackspot

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SPEED cameras which measure the average speed of vehicles are being installed along a notorious stretch of road where six people have died in just five years.

Engineers started installing the cameras yesterday on the A61 north of Sheffield, which is one of the main links from the city to junction 36 of the M1.

South Yorkshire Police said the road had also seen 19 people seriously injured since 2007, while 93 people had suffered less serious incidents in crashes. The three-and-a-half mile stretch includes a series of bends through Grenoside Woods and a number of major road junctions which have seen serious collisions.

Chief Insp Stuart Walne of the South Yorkshire Road Safety Partnership said: “Inappropriate speed is a common factor in collisions which have previously happened on this stretch of the A61. Traditional speed enforcement is not straightforward along this route and we have had to look at ways of using current technology to its best effect.

“The cameras are being installed as a road safety measure. If they don’t record anyone breaking the speed limit on the road that will be great.

“It’s not about catching people, it is simply about reducing collisions and saving injuries and life.

“By encouraging drivers to travel at an appropriate speed we estimate that we will see a 40 per cent reduction in the number of collisions.

“There may be delays whilst our contractor installs the equipment but we ask for people’s patience - the long-term benefits will far outweigh any short-term inconvenience.”

Average speed cameras measure how fast a vehicle is going by taking pictures at several points along the route and then calculating the speed across the entire distance. Work to install the cameras on the A61 is expected to be completed by early 2013.

Some of work will involve temporary traffic signals at certain times of day, but to minimise disruption it will not be taking place at peak times.