Suffolk speed cameras switched back on
Speed cameras in Suffolk are operational again, after proposals to switch them back on were approved today (Friday, July 22).
The county's seven fixed cameras, including those on the A14, A140 and A12, were deactivated earlier this month when it was decided that they were too expensive to run.
But, following discussions between the county council and Suffolk Constabulary to find a new way of funding them, members of the county's police authority today agreed that the cameras should be switched back on.
A review will now take place of the current camera sites to decide whether or not they need to be revised. Issues relating to the costs, a move to digital technology and collision data will also be looked at.
Suffolk's Assistant Chief Constable Gary Kitching said: 'Road safety is our priority. Speed enforcement cameras are a key element in our approach. We have a mobile capability and will work with Suffolk County Council to maintain the static camera capability.'
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The reinstatement of the fixed camera sites will be discussed again at September's Suffolk Road Safety Partnership meeting with a view to finding new funding arrangements. The police authority will meet towards the end of the year to decide on the fixed cameras' long-term future.
Police authority chairman Joanna Spicer said: 'We, together with the council, are committed to enhancing road safety in Suffolk and this demonstrates our partnership-approach to reducing road crash casualties.'
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The county's three mobile speed camera vans are not affected by the changes and they continue to operate as normal.