North Yorkshire’s new crime commissioner will this week discuss plans to treble the number of mobile speed cameras operating on the county’s roads after a fall in the number of bikers’ deaths.
Julia Mulligan, North Yorkshire’s police and crime commissioner will this week discuss expanding a pilot project and make mobile speed cameras a permanent feature on the county’s roads.
A report to be considered by the crime commissioner on Wednesday says the current single van is being expanded to three vans - a move which it is hoped will improve road safety and cut casualties further.
The report says: “The early success of the pilot safety camera van operation in relation to casualty reduction figures, and the improved quality of life in local communities, support the continued use of mobile enforcement technology.
“The effectiveness of speed cameras has been well documented and those effects have been evident across the force area for the last 12 months, there has been a distinct and measurable impact on vehicle speeds which can be attributed to a shift change in driver behaviour.”
“There was a real need to reduce the toll of motorcycle deaths on the county’s roads,” the report prepared for the crime commissioner says.
The crime commissioner will also hear how speeding fines will be used to develop schemes to help improve road safety.
The county’s 5,000-mile road network is a huge draw for bikers from across the country. However, North Yorkshire Police had to deal with 182 deaths on the county’s roads between 2001 and 2011.
The number of motorcyclists who have lost their lives on the county’s roads has fallen since the introduction of a mobile speed camera last summer – but police have warned rogue bikers are still putting lives at risk.
In 2010, 20 bikers including two pillion passengers died in North Yorkshire.
Police say more than three quarters of these deaths were down to rider error - although they were not necessarily speed related.