New type of speed camera to be tested near Winchester

HURSLEY is to pioneer a new type of speed camera that could be rolled out across the county.

The trial of the SpeedSpike, which measures cars average speed, comes after city councillor Jan Warwick approached Hampshire Constabulary.

Cllr Warwick provided data showing how average speeds went up when local monitoring teams were not present.

She said: “Vehicles tend to stay within the limit when the Speed Watch team is on the roadside, only to speed up again once we have all gone home. We hope the average cameras will prove to be even more effective.”

Over one three-day period in the village, more than 1,700 cars were captured exceeding the 30mph speed limit, with 250 of those travelling over 35mph. A white van was clocked at 72mph but police were powerless to prosecute when using the volunteer's data.

Cllr Wawrick was later approached by police bosses wanting to trial the SpeedSpike in Hursley.

Although the device, produced by 3M's traffic safety systems division in Chandler's Ford, is only at pilot stage in Hursley, it could pave the way for a county-wide rollout.

The project, which started on Monday, November 19, will last for one month and coincides with Road Safety Week.

Winchester and Chandler's Ford MP Steve Brine, who met volunteers on Friday (November 23) to discuss the project, said: “This was a very interesting morning, and much-needed as I know how much the speed of traffic through Hursley affects villagers.”

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5:43pm Tue 27 Nov 12

campfreddie says...

And how many accidents were there when the cameras weren't there?
And how many accidents were there when the cameras weren't there? campfreddie

8:23pm Tue 27 Nov 12

huckit P says...

It is quite a trial to stay at 30mph when you often have white van man about a fag papers thickness from your rear bumper. But why only Hursley, when there are other local areas where you can witness boy racers and other eejits whizzing along trying to show off without a thought for anyone else? Winchester Road & Hiltingbury Road in Chandlers For are good examples especially when Thornden School empties out - boy racers are everywhere trying to impress the hordes. Let's have some camera's there please.
It is quite a trial to stay at 30mph when you often have white van man about a fag papers thickness from your rear bumper. But why only Hursley, when there are other local areas where you can witness boy racers and other eejits whizzing along trying to show off without a thought for anyone else? Winchester Road & Hiltingbury Road in Chandlers For are good examples especially when Thornden School empties out - boy racers are everywhere trying to impress the hordes. Let's have some camera's there please. huckit P

8:54pm Tue 27 Nov 12

cardinalfang says...

A completely non-committal comment from our local MP there. Well worth the 200K plus he costs the taxpayer each year.

There is no excuse for speeding in villages and other built-up areas, but there are more effective ways to slow people down, such as speed indicator signs, but of course they don't make money do they?
A completely non-committal comment from our local MP there. Well worth the 200K plus he costs the taxpayer each year. There is no excuse for speeding in villages and other built-up areas, but there are more effective ways to slow people down, such as speed indicator signs, but of course they don't make money do they? cardinalfang

12:48pm Fri 30 Nov 12

stillhere says...

Good idea.
It's probably asking too much but it would be good if it also recorded the drivers who put there's and other's lives at risk by overtaking several other vehicles who are keeping to the limit Winchester bound outside of the entrance to IBM where this camera is located. Fri 30th Nov 7.10 am boy racer in a Corsa or similar overtook line of cars with a lorry coming in opposite direction causing everyone else to take evasive action.
Would also be good if police used some initiative and checked the camera or checked this location out at the same time - probably a regular traveller late for work who will do it again if left unchallenged.
Good idea. It's probably asking too much but it would be good if it also recorded the drivers who put there's and other's lives at risk by overtaking several other vehicles who are keeping to the limit Winchester bound outside of the entrance to IBM where this camera is located. Fri 30th Nov 7.10 am boy racer in a Corsa or similar overtook line of cars with a lorry coming in opposite direction causing everyone else to take evasive action. Would also be good if police used some initiative and checked the camera or checked this location out at the same time - probably a regular traveller late for work who will do it again if left unchallenged. stillhere

9:40am Wed 19 Dec 12

sarahbrown12 says...

Speed cameras aren’t popular anywhere, though that hardly excuses criminal acts of retribution. Miscreants have been damaging the speed cameras, leading police to install cameras to watch the speed cameras. Now, they are under a spotlight once more. Some speed cameras in Baltimore, Md. are evidently delivering citations to drivers who are obeying the law. Get car title loans for your new automobile.
Speed cameras aren’t popular anywhere, though that hardly excuses criminal acts of retribution. Miscreants have been damaging the speed cameras, leading police to install cameras to watch the speed cameras. Now, they are under a spotlight once more. Some speed cameras in Baltimore, Md. are evidently delivering citations to drivers who are obeying the law. Get car title loans for your new automobile. sarahbrown12

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