Police agree to turn speed cameras on

SPEED cameras are once again up and running in Suffolk.

The speed enforcement cameras were switched off earlier this month after they became too expensive to run.

But the cameras have gone live again following a meeting between police and county councillors to discuss the placement of fixed cameras and the operational approach to costs.

Gary Kitching, assistant chief constable of Suffolk Police, said: “Road safety is our priority and speed enforcement cameras are a key element in our approach.

“We have a mobile capability and will work with Suffolk County Council to maintain the static cameras.”

During the remainder of the year, research will be undertaken to review the suitability of the camera sites and whether or not they need to be reviewed.

Issues relating to their ongoing costs, a move to digital technology and collision data will be analysed.

The fixed sites will also be discussed again at a meeting in September and the Police Authority – an independent body which regulates the force – will look to decide on the long-term future of the cameras later in the year.

Authority chairman Joanna Spicer said: “We, together with the council, are committed to enhancing road safety in Suffolk and this demonstrates our partnership-approach to reducing road crash casualties.”

The county council withdrew funding for the cameras in April as it attempted to save £1million by cutting funding for the Suffolk Safecam Partnership, but it is expected that most will now be operational once again by the end of the month.

The ongoing deployment of the county’s three mobile speed enforcement vehicles will not be affected and they will continue to operate as normal.