You will recall I wrote a post “Action Needed Before Somebody Is Killed” about the A52 pedestrian crossing by Bramcote Leisure Centre. See http://bramcotetoday.org.uk/2013/01/01/action-needed-before-somebody-is-killed/ To follow this up I wrote to our Police Beat Manager, PC Karl Barlow, about drivers going through a red light at this pedestrian crossing at speed. Here is his considered reply:
The traffic issues relating to the A52 Derby Road between Sherwin Island and Priory Island have been referred to our Traffic and Road Casualty Reduction Manager. A review of the collision/accident data found that it did not support the installation of a traffic light camera at this location.
The Highways Agency is ultimately responsible for this stretch of road.
As the matter of speed was also highlighted, this was also reviewed. The Highway authorities are responsible for checking locations on their network and monitoring collisions that occur there. If they identify a route suffering from increased collisions, and the causation factors include speed, they refer the site to the Safety Camera Team for enforcement.
In the case of the A52 Derby Road the issue of speeding has been highlighted to them and I have been told it does fulfil the normal criteria for a mobile speed camera. It has since been highlighted to the Highways Agency for their consideration.
In the meantime, I have planned a number of local police traffic operations along the A52 Derby Road, between Sherwin Island and Priory Island. I will start by looking at bus lane enforcement, but hope to progress to checking for adherence to traffic signals, the wearing of seat belts, mobile phones use when behind the wheel and licence and insurance violations etc.
I will be also be extending this operation to look at speeding along this stretch.
Motorists should note that this will be occurring and that we will be pursuing fines and prosecutions. So please do not use the bus lanes, always wear your seat belt and do not use your mobile phone when driving.