Shock figures show 592 driving offences

Golden Hill Lane in Leyland.
Golden Hill Lane in Leyland.
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Speeders in South Ribble were fined £15,000 last year, and more than 200 drivers were made to go on speed awareness courses.

As part of shock figures published on the Lancashire Partnership for Road Safety website, it’s revealed that 592 driving offences were committed in the borough in 2010.

250 people were fined after being caught by fixed speed cameras, totalling £15,000, 73 drivers were taken to court, 205 went on speed awareness courses, and some offences were cancelled.

In Leyland, hotspots include Golden Hill Lane, where 150 driving offences occurred, and Fox Lane, with 64 offences.

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.

There were four collisions and six casualties on Golden Hill Lane the year before the camera was erected in 2003, and none at all in 2010.

On Fox Lane, there was one collision resulting in one casualty in 2001, with two collisions and two injuries in 2010.

South Ribble’s speed camera hotspot was identified as Liverpool Road in Penwortham, which generated an estimated £10,000, based on £60 fines.

However, statistics also show an improvement in accident figures since the cameras were installed there, with 15 collisions and 19 casualties before, compared to five collisions and six casualties last year.

Other roads highlighted in South Ribble and surrounding areas include Victoria Road in Walton-le-Dale, where 296 offences took place; Langton Brow and The Green in Eccleston (55 and 35 offences respectively); Wigan Road in Euxton (29); and the A6 Preston Road in Clayton Green (six).

Leader of Lancashire County Council, 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.”

The busiest speed camera in Lancashire was identified as being in Osbaldeston, which caught 2,569 driving offences.

Lancashire Constabulary’s Assistant Chief Constable, Andy Rhodes, who is also the Chair 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 for all local authorities and police forces to publish the information, and figures will be updated annually.