Taverham speed camera catches a quarter of speeders in the county

Just Regional
Dec 22, 2016 2 mins read

Statistics released under the Freedom of Information Act have revealed that the speed camera at the top of Taverham, on the Fakenham Road, recorded more than a quarter of Norfolk speeding offenses over the eight months from April to November 2016.

Nearly 19,000 speeding violations were recorded on the 23 permanent speed cameras around the county during this time, with 5,147 of those recorded on the Taverham camera.

This is a considerable increase when compared with the previous 12 months, from April 2015 to April 2016, when 1,802 drivers were caught by the same camera.

A new digital camera, called a Truvelo, was installed at the location in March 2016. Road safety and safety camera team manager for Norfolk and Suffolk, Anne Pointina, said: “Norfolk Safety Camera Partnership reviewed the camera technology two years ago and made the decision to invest in a replacement programme which meant replacing all of the current Gatso wet film cameras with new Truvelo digital cameras. This may be part of the reason for the increase, as the new camera is bi-directional, recording motorists exceeding the 30mph limit in both directions, and a lot of the other cameras don’t have that facility yet.

“Because it’s digital it also doesn’t require a film, which previously had to be manually replaced in the old-style Gatso cameras. Instead it can send the photos straight back to our servers for processing continuously with no break in service.

“We will be speaking to colleagues at the council in the new year to check that signage informing drivers of the speed camera is sufficient, in particular when coming from the Fakenham direction where the speed limit drops from 50 to 30mph.

“The ultimate aim of speed cameras is to slow drivers down, not catch them out. Hopefully people will start to be more aware of the speed limit on this stretch of road and the number of drivers caught will go down.”

In order to make everything as transparent as possible, the safety camera team are currently working on a website where the public can find information and figures for all the speed cameras in Norfolk. It is expected to go live in the next few months and will be hosted from the main Norfolk Constabulary website.

The camera on Fakenham Road

The camera on Fakenham Road

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