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North Yorkshire's Getting 3 More Mobile Speed Cameras.

Speeding

7:55am 12th April 2013

North Yorkshire's getting three more mobile speed cameras. It comes after a successful pilot scheme which nearly halved the number of fatal crashes.

Alongside anti-social behaviour, speeding is the top concern in North Yorkshire says Police and Crime Commissioner Julia Mulligan who has announced that three new safety camera vans are patrolling our roads on a permanent basis.

This means there is more chance for residents to have a safety camera van operating in their neighbourhood, as well as helping to reduce accidents and fatalities, says Ms Mulligan.

To make sure residents can easily and confidently request the assistance of North Yorkshire Police and its partners in dealing with speeding, Julia Mulligan has asked for a review of the current processes.  There are concerns, says Ms Mulligan that some villages which have a speeding problem do not fulfil certain criteria, and therefore may not see safety camera enforcement support. Going forward, it is crucial that this process is as wide and sympathetic as possible.

Julia Mulligan, Police and Crime Commissioner for North Yorkshire, said: “Alongside anti-social behaviour, speeding has been the single biggest issue that residents have raised with me over the last few months.”

“Tackling speeding is central to improving quality of life and maintaining a safe North Yorkshire.  We need to make sure we respond to local community needs and reduce serious incidents on the road.  I have asked the Force to look again at the way they and their partners deal with speeding to make it easier for residents to raise concerns, and easier for the police to respond to those issues.  This is a crucial step in putting the people of North Yorkshire first.”

Assistant Chief Constable Iain Spittal, added: “The results from the pilot scheme fully justify the expansion of our mobile safety camera capability.”

“We have witnessed some extreme offences brought before the courts, supported by indisputable evidence captured by the high-tech equipment used in the safety camera van.”

He added: “These motorists have been given heavy fines, lost their licences and, in some cases, their livelihoods.

“These are the lucky ones, they returned home to their families. Some, tragically and needlessly, do not.”

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