Average speed cameras have been switched on across Birmingham and Solihull.
Project partners from Birmingham City Council (BCC), Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council (SMBC), West Midlands Police (WMP) and the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner say they are adopting the system because historically compliance with speed limits is far better than with mobile or fixed-point cameras.
Latest figures show that in the years 2010-2014, there were 2,356 people killed or seriously injured in Birmingham and Solihull, an average of 471 per year.
Superintendent Kerry Blakeman, from West Midlands Police, said, “Our intention is for people to adhere to the speed limit. Those who exceed the limit will have to attend a speed awareness course where they will be educated about the dangers of speeding or face either an appearance at court or a fine and points on their licence. We hope that the presence of these highly visible cameras will ensure that road users comply with the set limits on roads in Birmingham and Solihull.”
Cllr Stewart Stacey, Cabinet Member for Transport and Roads at Birmingham City Council insisted this is not a money-making exercise but a way of making the roads safer, “I want a clear message to be heard by the region’s motorists – I’m not Bob Geldof, I don’t want you to “give us your money”, I just want you to comply with the speed limits that are there to improve safety for everyone who uses the roads of Birmingham and Solihull.”