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Number of Speed Camera Vans in North Yorkshire to Double

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11:29am 29th July 2014
(Updated 11:35am 29th July 2014)

The number of speed camera vans in North Yorkshire is going to double from three to six under plans announced this morning by Police Commissioner Julia Mulligan.

The new camera vans would hit the road next Spring and will be used to tackle speeding, dangerous driving and people using mobiles at the wheel. The vans will be put at accident black spots and where local people say speeding is a problem and ask the police for help.

It comes after a survey this month revealed 80% of people in North Yorkshire believe that road safety is a problem in the county and more than half of us want more speed camera vans.

As part of the road safety shake up there will also be:

  • More powers for people to tackle speeding in their communities
  • More education to make people aware of the dangers of speeding
  • More back office efficiencies

Julia Mulligan, the Police and Crime Commissioner said: 

"Together with the Chief Constable, I am absolutely committed to improving road safety in our region, and I hope that the activities we have announced today will make a significant contribution to reducing fatalities, injuries and anti-social behaviour on our roads.  

“The recent survey I undertook showed without question the vast majority of the public are concerned about road safety, and this shows we are taking those concerns seriously. 

"By approving the proposals we have increased North Yorkshire Police's capacity for enforcement to bring it into line with that of other comparable Forces, but I would also like to call upon the region's drivers, bikers and cyclists to play their part, and help us to keep the roads safe for everyone." 

The police commissioner says North Yorkshire has not had the right number of mobile speed cameras for the 9,000 kilometres of road in the county.

Tim Madgwick, Deputy Chief Constable at North Yorkshire Police, and the Association of Chief Police Officers' national lead for motorcycling. He said:

"Road safety is a challenging and complex issue, and we need to tackle it in a range of ways. More enforcement is an effective approach, so it is great news that North Yorkshire Police will soon have more mobile safety camera vans to deploy in safety hot-spots, but this alone won't solve the problem.  Many road-users don't think of themselves as "anti-social", so they continue to take risks until they are involved in a collision, and tragically we have seen a number of serious incidents recently where people have lost their lives.  We will also be doing more training and education, to help all road-users to realise that unless we all share the responsibility for keeping roads safe, we will all continue to share in the risks.  Our aim is safer roads for everyone."

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