Fixed speed cameras again

Bristol Mayor, George Ferguson's announced that work will start early next year to switch on up to 26 speed and traffic light cameras in the city

Cameras will be switched back on

Work will start early next year to switch on up to 26 speed and traffic light cameras in Bristol.

The Mayor of Bristol, who's made the announcement, will use a special road safety summit today to appeal for more local communities to get involved in speed watch schemes to help boost enforcement.

Speed cameras were switched off in Bristol in March 2011 when funding ceased from central government.

The council says there are 15 community speed watch schemes in place or being set up where local volunteers are trained to monitor speeds with detection equipment.

I have asked officers to start work on preparing speed cameras to be switched back on and boost the number of community speed watch programmes in the city.

These measures will boost other efforts to improve the way we all get around the city such as the 20 mph zones that are currently being rolled out.

The council can do its bit by designing safer street layouts, promoting education programmes and enforcing bus lane and parking laws but all of this will only be effective with mutual respect between everyone who needs to use a limited amount of road and pavement space.

– Mayor George Ferguson

People are passionate about road safety and I know from the comments I receive in my mailbag that it can really divide people.

The Mayor and I are both keen to find a way of stopping the war between different road users and find a way of building more tolerance and respect.

It’s important to involve local people in improving road safety.

There are lots of ideas and initiatives for tackling the issues that really affect people such as cycling on pavements and speeding cars.

– Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens

I am pleased that the cameras are going to be switched back on. National research shows that they have a positive impact on driver behaviour and we have been working with the council to identify a cost neutral way of reactivating them.

We are also very supportive of additional community speed watch groups in the city. In areas in the force where we have thriving CSW groups they play a significant role in helping to tackle speeding in the area.

– Chief Constable of Avon & Somerset, Nick Gargan