More than a dozen drivers a day are being caught by average speed cameras on the A16 at Crowland despite the system going live just over a year ago.
Lincolnshire Road Safetey Partnership (LRSP) says there were more than 720 offences between January 1-February 25, with many racing through the 60mph limit at speeds “in the high 70s”.
Being painted yellow the cameras are clearly visible and there are ‘Average Speed Check’ signs at the start of the zone and numerous repeater signs within the zone so no one has an excuse in getting caught for speeding.Councillor Nigel Pepper
District councillor Bryan Alcock said: “It seems unbelievable that so many drivers ignore, or don’t understand, average speed control.
“What part of the description ‘average speed’ they don’t understand is in itself hard to understand.
“Regularly travelling on the road one does see some unbelievable driving.
“The cameras appear to have had a beneficial effect in at least reducing the number of serious accidents.”
He wants to see part-dualling of the 16 and a roundabout at Radar Corner.
Coun Alcock also believes cash raised from prosecutions should be spent on stopping James Road being used by some drivers as “a racetrack to pass traffic on the A16”.
County councillor Nigel Pepper said: “In general the introduction of average speed cameras along the A16 has been effective in bringing down the speed of motorists and in turn has resulted in less road traffic collisions.”
He’s pleased fewer motorists are getting caught compared to when the cameras were first introduced but disappointed to see the high speeds recorded.
“Being painted yellow the cameras are clearly visible and there are ‘Average Speed Check’ signs at the start of the zone and numerous repeater signs within the zone so no one has an excuse in getting caught for speeding.
“I still have concerns however over the safety of the A16/B1166 junction, also there is an ever increasing amount of traffic using James Road as a ‘rat-run’ to avoid the average speed cameras. Hopefully in the future we could get stretches of the road dualled which would alleviate all of these problems.”
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