Cheshire Police have splashed out on 16 new speed enforcement cameras to target drivers who ‘flout the law’.

The devices can calculate speed, as well as the distance between two following vehicles.

Police and crime commissioner John Dwyer said the investment will form ‘another part of our armoury’ against dangerous drivers.

Mr Dwyer said: “The public often tell me that road safety and speeding is a priority for them and I have made it one of my priorities.

“The new device is a real benefit to tackling those who choose to flout the law when it comes to speeding.

Cheshire's Police and Crime Commissioner John Dwyer

“Speed limits are there for a very good reason, they are to help you and other road users get from ‘a to b’ safely.

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“These cameras will form another part of our armoury in tackling those who make our roads dangerous; be it through drink or drugs, using mobile phones or driving above the lawful speed limits.”

Officers and PCSOs are being trained in how to use the handheld devices to proactively tackle speeding.

The ‘all-in-one’ digital cameras can produce video and images which could be used as evidence in prosecutions.

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Assistant Chief Constable Mark Roberts said: “The rules of the road are there for a reason.

“This new piece of kit will help us to enhance the work officers do to reinforce speed limits within the county and reinforce our commitment to making Cheshire’s roads safer.”

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