New ‘speed on green’ speeding cameras have come into force in areas of the UK.

These cameras are being trialled in Merseyside and will keep track of drivers at traffic lights to prevent them from committing offences.

The cameras track a drivers speed at traffic lights to see if the speed limit is been exceeded. In addition to this, they will be used to spot if a motorist has jumped a red light.

Motorists may commonly speed up at traffic lights if they see it changing and they don’t want to miss it but this could soon land them a fine.

Merseyside Police launched the scheme and is hoping they can reduce the overall speed of vehicles on the roads.

The action is being taken against speeding due to the number of people killed and seriously injured on the roads in the county.

In 2017, 557 people were killed or seriously injured on the roads of Merseyside. Speed is an aggravating factor in a lot of collisions on the road and can also cause life-changing injuries or fatalities depending on the severity of the accident.

New research also revealed that a lot of the collision that occur on 30 mph roads occur at junctions.

Sefton is the first areas of the country to trial them but others could follow suit if the trial is a success.

Jayne Eaton, from the Safer Roads Unit at the Partnership, said: “These cameras have the potential to improve safety on our roads by influencing the speed of drivers at junctions and reducing the risk of a crash.

“However, we would prefer if the cameras were redundant and drivers drove responsibly and within the speed limits.

“By their very nature, junctions present an increased risk to drivers.

“A green traffic light signal can often create an unpredictable situation for a driver to deal with and it is vitally important that drivers drive at an appropriate speed, one which enables them to stop safely should the traffic lights change or a pedestrian step into the road.”

Merseyside’s Police Commissioner Jane Kennedy said: “Far too many people lose their lives or suffer serious injury on our roads.

“We know that speed is a major factor in many of those collisions and that’s why, as we mark speed awareness month, we are looking for ways to encourage drivers to slow down – for their own safety and the safety of others.

“I hope that by implementing ‘speed on green’ cameras, more drivers will pay closer attention to their speed, make sure they are sticking to the limits and driving responsibly.

“It could be the difference between getting home safely or not getting home at all.”


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