The Safer Roads Partnership in West Mercia is launching a new mobile speed enforcement site on the A458 in Ford, Shropshire, following concerns raised by the local community about the speeds of drivers along the 40mph road.
The new site, which launches at the end of the month, forms part of the Safer Roads Partnership’s Community Concern programme, which responds to community requests for speed enforcement. Local residents have raised concern and asked for action to be taken to address the situation and improve the safety of the road.
Speed data collected by the Safer Roads Partnership has highlighted a speed compliance problem, which supports the need for enforcement. The data collected indicates that 15% of vehicles travelling on that stretch towards Shrewsbury travel above 48.1mph.
Anna Higgins of the Safer Roads Partnership in West Mercia said: “Between August 2008 and July 2011 there were nine collisions on this road which resulted in 16 casualties and a number of these have been attributed to speed. Therefore, we hope that the presence of a speed camera will improve driver compliance with the 40mph speed limit and improve the safety of the road for all those who use it.
“The site will be operational for at least six months and data will be collected during this time to assess the impact of our enforcement on speeds and driver behaviour.”
The Safer Roads Partnership in West Mercia is part of West Mercia Police and works in partnership with nine partner agencies to reduce casualties and make the roads safer for all users in West Mercia through targeted communication, education and training together with enforcement.