Crackdown on speeders set to target Belper

Speed camera on the A60 Woodhouse Road in Mansfield.
Speed camera on the A60 Woodhouse Road in Mansfield.

A crackdown on the motoroists speeding along some of the most dangerous roads in Derbyshire will target accident blackspots in and around Belper.

Following an agreement with the Road Safety Partnership, Derbyshire police will focus its efforts to detect speeding on more than 100 routes where people face a higher risk of being killed or hurt as a result of motorists travelling too fast.

The new speeding action plan has been drawn up following a detailed review of Derbyshire casualty figures and speed data.

As a result, motorists can expect to find police speed enforcement officers in many new locations around the county.

Chief Inspector Tracy Lewis, head of roads policing in Derbyshire, said: “Our goal is to keep people safe. That’s why we’re so keen to publicise these higher risk routes where we’ll be focusing our efforts.”

The routes singled out include A6 Allestree; A608 Morley; A608 Smalley; A609 Kilbourne Road, Belper; A609 Stanley Common; B5023 Broadway, Duffield; B6179 Little Eaton; Birchover Way, Allestree; Derby Road, Stanley Village and Far Laund, Belper.

Several points of the A6 have been highlighted, including Cromford to Ambergate and Derby Road, Cromford.

Officers will be using methods to detect speed such as in–car computers, hand–held laser guns, cameras fitted with liveried vans and motorcycles and cameras in yellow roadside boxes.

Chief Inspector Lewis continued: “We want to discourage people from speeding rather than catch them as the fear of speeding traffic is blighting so many of our communities who look to us for help.”

“We also want to remind people that a small increase in speed makes a big difference to the amount of harm you will cause if you hit someone.

“The risk of death is approximately four times higher when a pedestrian is hit at 40mph rather than at 30mph.”