Julia Mulligan addresses speeding concerns

12 Apr 2013 @ 11.16 am
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North Yorkshire police commissioner Julia Mulligan with the three new safety camera vans

Issued by North Yorkshire Police

As part of Julia Mulligan’s Police and Crime Plan she has committed to putting people first. This means responding to community need and prioritising the concerns of the general public.
Alongside anti-social behaviour, speeding is the top concern in North Yorkshire. Issues are raised with Julia at surgeries, on webchats, and on emails and letters. To make sure North Yorkshire Police are responding to that need, Julia can today announce that three new safety camera vans are patrolling our roads on a permanent basis.
This means there is more chance for residents to have a safety camera van operating in their neighbourhood, as well as helping to reduce accidents and fatalities.
To make sure residents can easily and confidently request the assistance of North Yorkshire Police and its partners in dealing with speeding, Julia Mulligan has asked for a review of the current processes.  There are concerns that some villages which have a speeding problem do not fulfil certain criteria, and therefore may not see safety camera enforcement support. Going forward, it is crucial that this process is as wide and sympathetic as possible.

Julia Mulligan, Police and Crime Commissioner for North Yorkshire, said: “Alongside anti-social behaviour, speeding has been the single biggest issue that residents have raised with me over the last few months.

“Tackling speeding is central to improving quality of life and maintaining a safe North Yorkshire. We need to make sure we respond to local community needs and reduce serious incidents on the road.

“I have asked the Force to look again at the way they and their partners deal with speeding to make it easier for residents to raise concerns, and easier for the police to respond to those issues. This is a crucial step in putting the people of North Yorkshire first.”

Assistant Chief Constable Iain Spittal, added: “The results from the pilot scheme fully justify the expansion of our mobile safety camera capability.

“We have witnessed some extreme offences brought before the courts, supported by indisputable evidence captured by the high-tech equipment used in the safety camera van.”
He added: “These motorists have been given heavy fines, lost their licences and, in some cases, their livelihoods.

“These are the lucky ones, they returned home to their families. Some, tragically and needlessly, do not.”

During the pilot more than 26,000 motorists were caught speeding including a number who were prosecuted for dangerous driving.

368 motorists including car drivers and bikers have been summonsed to court for excessive speeds.
3,200 motorists have been offered fixed penalty tickets and more than 21,000 have been offered a speed awareness course.

In 2010, 20 motorcyclists lost their lives on the county’s roads, in 2011, 11 died and in 2012 five died. 

The force has recorded a 50% reduction in speed related fatal collisions during 2011, from 14 in 2010 to 7 in 2011.

During the first 12 months of the mobile safety camera pilot, fatal and serious injury collisions have reduced by 46% at identified sites. Fatal and serious injury collisions where speed is a contributory factor have reduced by 59%.

A speed awareness course is offered to first time offenders who meet certain criteria. This is an educational alternative to receiving a speeding conviction and penalty points on your driving licence.

The safety camera vans will be self-funding. A £35 levy is taken from the £93 speed awareness course fee and used  to fund the running costs of the vans. Any excess levies after the running costs have been deducted will be ring-fenced to fund future road safety projects which will be identified by the “95 Alive” York and North Yorkshire Road Safety Partnership.

The vans will be deployed to routes identified through intelligence and collision data as well as those highlighted by local communities who are blighted by speeding motorists.
These routes will be regularly reviewed and updated with the latest intelligence and collision data.

Members of the public can put forward their concerns about speeding in their local area through the speed management protocol. A speed report form is available from your local council office, police station or can be downloaded from the North Yorkshire County Council website www.northyorks.gov.uk/roadsafety.

After your form has been received, data will be collected from the site of concern and if it reveals a speeding problem, a panel of road safety experts will decide the best course of action to take.

This could be through various means including engineering, signage, enforcement by police officers or using the mobile safety camera. Although not all locations are suitable for mobile safety camera enforcement.

Members of the public can find out what the safety camera van is doing in their area. Dedicated web pages will show the routes through each district and how you can make a referral if you are concerned about speeding in your area. From 23 April 2013, you will be able to view the most up to date results from the previous week’s enforcement activity. Log on to www.northyorkshire.police.uk/safetycameras and follow the link to deployment and results.

You can also follow the safety camera unit on Twitter @NYProads

Key cases from the pilot

13 drivers and riders were summonsed to appear at Selby Magistrates’ Court on Thursday 16 August 2012 after being caught by the mobile safety camera at speeds ranging from 72mph in a 40mph zone to 132mph in a 70mph zone.
A Paisley man ended up paying £900 in fines and costs after disputing a speeding offence when he was caught driving at 36mph in a 30mph zone on Filey Road, Flixton. He was offered a speed awareness course which would have cost £93, with his licence remaining endorsement free. Instead, he denied he was speeding but evidence from the camera proved he was. He ended up paying a £200 fine, £685 costs and victim surcharge of £15 totalling £900.
A Bridlington man was banned for 15 months and ordered to take an extended driving test and carry out 250 hours of unpaid work after pleading guilty to dangerous driving. He was captured by the safety camera crossing solid white lines and driving at 110mph in a 60 zone while overtaking a line of 13 vehicles on Reighton by-pass near Filey.  
A York man was banned for 60 days, fined £230 and ordered to pay £45 costs and a £23 victim surcharge after driving his car at 106mph on the A1237 near Monks Cross, York.
A Halifax man was caught riding his motorcycle at 144mph on the A63 near Selby. He was banned from driving for six months and fined £500 plus court costs of £45 and a victim surcharge of £50.
A York man was banned for 70 days and fined £360 after riding his motorcycle at 104mph past a horse and rider.
A Leeds man pleaded guilty to dangerous driving after being caught performing a “wheelie” at 104mph on his motorcycle. He was banned for 12 months, given 200 hours of community work and ordered to take an extended driving test.