Where should speed cameras be placed in South Shields? Police ask for ideas after rule change

Police are asking for ideas on where speed cameras could be deployed in South Tyneside after a change in the rules on permitted locations.
Speed cameras can now be placed in more areasSpeed cameras can now be placed in more areas
Speed cameras can now be placed in more areas

Northumbria Police usually only deploys its mobile cameras to roads which have seen a set number of accidents and collisions.

But under a fresh attempt to get to grips with problem driving, the force has appealed for suggestions for where it should place its speed traps in an attempt to deter offences away from the usual hotspots.

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“With regards to speeding, the force has a new operation in place with motor patrols running, so if you have any areas in mind let me know,” said Inspector Phil Baker.

“The criteria for putting the camera vans in during this operation is slightly different [to normal] so we’ve got opportunities to put it in a few more places than we have before.”

Insp Baker was speaking at a meeting of South Tyneside Council’s Riverside Community Area Forum (CAF), which was held by videolink and broadcast via YouTube.

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It will enable residents with speeding concerns in their neighbourhood to contact the force to request cameras.

The roads will still need to meet some criteria although the police say the operation will lead to “a huge increase in the areas where the vans will be deployed”.

Speaking at the time, Sergeant Paul McIntosh, of Northumbria Police, said: “We often have residents contacting us about speeding in their community but often the road in question does not meet the criteria for the deployment of the van.

“The criteria were introduced to ensure the van could be deployed in areas where we could evidence that speeding was leading to an increase in collisions.

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“But many residents complained that authorities were waiting for a serious or fatal collision to take place before we carried out enforcement on their street.

“This was never the case and where concerns were reported we would instead look to utilise neighbourhood officers and community speedwatch to affect driving behaviour.

“However, we have been reviewing our mobile van deployments and believe Operation Modero could address those concerned about speeding in their community.

"The deployments still need to be evidence-led and they will take seasonal challenges or changes in driving behaviour into consideration as part of a wide area enforcement strategy

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“But this scheme will provide us with more flexibility and ultimately we all share the same goal – to reduce speeding and prevent those who use our roads from being injured or killed.”

Road fatalities across Northumbria rose last year to the highest levels since 2009 with 39 people killed compared to 42 a decade earlier.

Speeding concerns in your neighbourhood can be reported online on the Tell Us Something pages of the force’s www.northumbria.police.uk website.

You can also upload dashcam or mobile phone footage of suspect driving.

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