1,746 speeding cases in 2010

Speed camera on Bengal Street Chorley
Speed camera on Bengal Street Chorley

Chorley speeders were fined in excess of £40,000 last year, and more than 600 drivers were made to go on speed awareness courses.

The figures published on the Lancashire Partnership for Road Safety website reveal that 1,746 driving offences were committed in the borough in 2010.

A total of 678 people were fined after being caught by fixed speed cameras, totalling £40,686, while 629 motorists attended speed awareness courses, 216 drivers were taken to court, and some offences were cancelled.

Chorley’s speed camera hotspot is the A6, which clocked up just over £31,000, based on £60 fines.

A total of 271 motorists drove over the 30mph limit on the A6 Shepherds Way, 226 were caught on the A6 Bengal Street and 29 sped on the A6 Preston Road.

Figures showing the number of collisions and casualties at the fixed camera sites – both before and after the cameras were installed – have also been published.

These indicate there were six collisions and nine casualties on Shepherds Way the year before the camera was erected in 2000, and exactly the same number 10 years later.

On Bengal Street, there was one collision resulting in three injuries before the camera was installed in 1995, compared to two collisions and two casualties in 2010.

Other roads highlighted in Chorley include Harper’s Lane, where 159 offences took place; Southport Road (110 offences); Spendmore Lane in Coppull (69); Moor Road (32); and Wigan Road in Euxton (29).

Outside of the town centre, in Clayton-le-Woods, the 30mph Clayton Green Road also proved a problem with speeders, with 225 being fined (totalling £13,500), more than 200 going on an awareness course, and 75 being sent to court.

However, statistics also show an improvement in accident figures since the camera was installed there, with five collisions and eight casualties in 2003, and none at all in 2010.

Leader of Lancashire County Council, Coun Geoff Driver, said the authority would use the statistics to pinpoint cameras which were not performing, and think about removing them. He said: “We have given an undertaking, as have the police, that speed cameras are not there as a way to raise money from motorists. They are there to reduce accidents on our roads.

“If these figures show any camera which is not doing that job, we will look closely at it and see if there is a case for keeping it in that location.

“These cameras are part of a determination to reduce the number of people killed and seriously injured on the roads, and we are determined to get that number down.”

Lancashire Constabulary’s Assistant Chief Constable, Andy Rhodes, who is also chairman of the Lancashire Partnership for Road Safety Executive Board, said: “As a result of the speed awareness course being reduced from a full-day to half a day and the cost reducing, we have seen more people electing to attend the course.

“This is encouraging as we want to work with motorists to educate them on the consequences of speeding.”

The move to make the results public comes as part of a national requirement from the Department for Transport.

In future all local authorities and police forces will publish the information annually.