The latest results from the county’s speed safety camera vans reveal that the proportion of drivers exceeding speed limits is stable.
In York, the vans have concentrated their activities on the A64 southern by pass, where it is not unusual for several dozen speeders to be identified
On one day in February – the latest month for which stats are available – 29 speeders were caught on the A64 westbound near Fulford
North York’s Police are not publishing results as quickly as they have in the past
A separate programme of speed checks, which measures the average speed of vehicles on problem roads, hasn’t been updated this year. These checks involve the use of static equipment. They do not identify individual vehicles.
Roads in the York area waiting for checks – and subsequent remedial action – include:
- Hawthorn Terrace
- Hamilton Drive (20 mph)
- York Road, Dunnington
- Ox Carr Lane, Strensall
- Bracken Road
- Salisbury Terrace
- Lords Moor Lane, Strensall
- Church Lane, Bishopthorpe
- Alcuin Avenue
- Bad Bargain Lane
- Osbaldwick Lane
- Temple Avenue
- Fourth Avenue
- Towthorpe Road
- Scarcroft Road
Most of these roads don’t have any recorded injury accidents. None are routinely checked by the enforcement camera vans.
And that remains the problem with the vehicle speed limit enforcement. The expensive camera vans may be influencing average speeds, but the police make no attempt to demonstrate this.
They don’t even publish comparative stats showing the trend in the percentage of speeders at regularly monitored sites.
Within the next few years it is likely that all new vehicles will be fitted with technology which will not only confirm the prevailing speed limit on a dashboard display, but also offer the opportunity for remote enfacement.
That may be a challenge for civil liberties but it could finally rein in the 100 mph plus drivers whose behaviour often irritates other motorists.