Average-speed South Yorkshire cameras aim to reduce casualties

NEWS Speed Camera site on A61 at Grenoside where accident rates have risen
NEWS Speed Camera site on A61 at Grenoside where accident rates have risen
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CAMERAS measuring the average speed of motorists are to be installed on a stretch of a notorious South Yorkshire road, where six people have died over the last five years.

Road safety bosses hope the measures on the A61 north of Sheffield will cut the number of casualties following the deaths, which included three people killed inside a three-month period between December 2008 and March 2009.

Anthony Scullion, aged 32, from Chapeltown, died when the blue Ford Mondeo he was driving along the A61 in Grenoside was in a collision with a grey Vauxhall Astra travelling in the opposite direction.

The father-of-three was negotiating a left-hand bend as he drove towards Barnsley.

Robert Cave-Shaw, 20, of Ecclesfield, died on the same road near Burncross, when the blue Lexus he was a passenger in ran out of control on a left-hand bend, struck the nearside kerb, crossed the carriageway and hit a wall.

And John Fowler, 53, of Wadsley, was killed when his blue Piaggio scooter collided with a silver Volkswagen on the A61 at Tankersley.

To reduce the death toll on the road, the South Yorkshire Safer Roads Partnership is installing average speed cameras on the 5.5km stretch between Grenoside and the A616 at Tankersley, where the limit is 50mph.

Chief Inspector Stuart Walne said: “Inappropriate speed is a common factor in collisions which have happened on this stretch of road.

“Traditional speed enforcement is not straightforward along this route and we have had to look at ways of using technology to its best effect.

“The cameras are being installed as a safety measure. If they don’t record anyone breaking the speed limit on the road that will be great. It’s not about catching people, it is about reducing collisions and saving injuries and life.

“There may be delays while our contractor installs the equipment but we ask for people’s patience – the long-term benefits will far outweigh any short-term inconvenience.”

Work to install the cameras began yesterday and is expected to be completed by early 2013.