MOTORISTS will continue to be caught if they drive too fast after it was revealed that speeding cameras will remain on Cheshire’s roads for the foreseeable future.
Despite a 27% cut in funding to the Cheshire Safer Roads Partnership, a decision has been taken not to scrap any of the county’s roadside speed traps.
Budget pledges from Cheshire West and Chester, Cheshire East, Halton and Warrington meant that a review of all of the partnership’s operations will now be undertaken.
Sources within Cheshire Safer Roads Partnership, which also includes the county’s police, fire service and highways agency, admitted that the long-term future of speed cameras could not be guaranteed.
But as well as catching out drivers ignoring the speed limit, cameras were described as playing a vital role in reducing road accidents and deaths, as well as providing revenue.
Partnership manager Lee Murphy said: “All fixed and mobile safety cameras will continue to operate as usual across Cheshire. They will not be removed or switched off.
“Moving forward, we will be reviewing and evaluating all aspects of our road safety strategy in line with reduced budgets. However, we will strive to continue to reduce the number of people killed and seriously injured on our roads.
“We are making a huge difference helping to save lives and reducing tragic, needless and costly road deaths.
There is still a lot more work to do. One in four deaths on our roads is related to excessive speeding.”
More than £3.5m was collected from speeding fines in Cheshire during 2007/8 and 2008/9. The partnership operates almost 70 fixed cameras.