New speed cameras go live in Black Country

Average speed camera specialist Jenoptik has switched on a series of new enforcement systems in Wolverhampton and along key routes in the Black Country.

The Region’s Police and Crime Commissioner says the cameras, which went live on Tuesday 1 December will help boost the West Midlands Combined Authority’s Road Safety Strategy to significantly reduce deaths and serious injuries from road accidents.

Cameras will be switched on at the following locations:

  • Wolverhampton: A449 Stafford Road and A4444 Black Country New Road
  • Walsall: A34 Birmingham Road, A4444 Black Country New Road, A4148 Broadway North and A41 Black Country New Road, Moxley to Dangerfield
  • Dudley: A4123 Birmingham New Road and A458 The Hayes/Park Road/Drews Holloway/Stourbridge Road (Lye to Halesowen)
  • Sandwell: A34 Birmingham Rd (between Scott Arms and Walsall boundary) and A4123 Wolverhampton Road (between Hagley Road and Pound Road)

Across the Black Country in 2019 there were 1,955 road traffic collisions injuring 2,660 people; 363 people suffered serious injury and 24 people lost their lives.

The West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner, David Jamieson said, “I promised to improve road safety and reduce road deaths when I was elected and these cameras will help us protect all road users and pedestrians.

“Speed is one of the biggest killers on our roads and one which people regularly raise with me. The vast majority of motorists follow the rules of the road and drive sensibly with care – we are on their side.

“These new cameras across Wolverhampton and the Black Country will now mean we have Average Speed Enforcement cameras across the West Midlands.

“The Black Country Local Authorities have installed the cameras and West Midlands Police will process and enforce the fines.”

Jenoptik director Geoff Collins added, “The West Midlands area has rapidly understood the benefits that can be delivered by an urban Average Speed Camera installation, with more than 20 routes now benefiting from the use of SPECS cameras.

“Jenoptik’s cameras are mounted on existing street lighting columns, using ‘high conspicuity’ brackets, which rapidly results in excellent compliance and a steady, safe flow of traffic.”

(Picture – Jenoptik)


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