Sheppey Crossing camera’s in action
Over 300 motorists have been caught by the new Sheppey Crossing average speed cameras since their installation.
The average speed camera’s which were switched on in May, have caught over 330 drivers exceeding the 70mph speed limit, with a figure that is likely to increase before the end of the year.
The camera’s were installed in May and finally officially switched on in may as part of a £350,000 scheme to improve safety on the Sheppey crossing after a 17 month safety review which saw the limit reduced down to 50mph
The 50mph was enforced on the bridge and its approaches following an inquest into the death of mother & son Deborah & Marshall Roberts.
The Sheppey Crossing experienced the worst road traffic accident in the UK in 2013, when 130 vehicles crashed due to poor visibility and was forced to close for over 9 hours.
Ken Ingleton, chairman of Minster Parish Council, said the results did not come as a shock.
“I’m not surprised at the figures, judging from the speed some of the traffic goes over the crossing,” he said.
“At the moment, I don’t think people are fully aware the cameras are working – not until the letter drops on their doormat”
Cllr Ingleton said it would be difficult to stop people speeding as the design of the bridge was “totally wrong”.
“I think a reduced speed limit of 60mph would help.
A spokesman for the Kent and Medway Safety Camera Partnership, which manages the cameras, said about 30,000 vehicles use the crossing per day.
He said: “These low offence numbers should be viewed in the context of the very high number of vehicles flowing over the crossing every day, and are typical of the sort of very high compliance rates experienced in other average-speed systems.”
Those caught will either do speed awareness courses, have points added to their licence or a fine.