Gloucestershire’s Road Safety Partnership posts the locations of mobile speed detection vans in the county onto their website each month. The updated list is complemented with statistics from the previous month showing how many people have been flouting the law and how many people have been fined.
January figures for recorded speeding vehicles at priority sites have produced some pleasing results:
- Siddington near Cirencester continues to show a low speeding issue with only two caught speeding per visit by a mobile van. (NB: all visits are between 45mins and an hour)
- A38 Berkeley bridge - 38 were caught in six visits but this equates to six caught per visit when the average for 2014 was 12 per visit.
- Newent bypass saw 26 caught in five visits showing a small reduction but we have insufficient visits in 2014 to give a reliable indication.
- Bristol Road, Gloucester was similar showing a small reduction and 22 caught in 5 visits.
- Princess Elizabeth Way,Cheltenham indicates a more pleasing outcome. Prior to it being a priority site last August, an average 19 people were caught each time the mobile van visited the site. (In January 2014 the number caught was 20 per visit). After last August the number dropped to 16 per visit. In January 2015 after the second time as being a priority site, 58 people were caught in six visits equating to an average of 10 per visit.
Whilst analysis of figures are still difficult to be a completely reliable indicator, they do suggest a measure of success in reducing speed and therefore risk of harm for those using Gloucestershire’s roads.
Priority sites for February have been decided as examining the A417 corridor. This is based on historical and more recent collisions and will be an attempt to improve the safety and use of that stretch of road. The sites chosen are:
- A417 Over roundabout
- A417 Maisemore
- A417 Oridge Street
- A417 Corse
- A417 Staunton
The information is available to view at http://roadsafety-gloucestershire.org.uk The information is also posted on the Gloucestershire Police website and Twitter feed @Glos_Police
The speed detection vans will continue to visit other areas across the county and operate on most days of the year.