July 20th, 2021
Right Place. Right Time. Right Reason

The first speed camera was introduced on UK roads in 1992 and since then communities have become accustomed to see both fixed and mobile speed cameras on the roads of Wales. These cameras are placed where people have been killed or injured, where excessive speeds have been recorded, at a site where there are recorded concerns by the community or for special operations.


There is a misconception about these cameras; that they are only there to make money or placed in areas where they will capture the most offences. The most successful cameras in Wales are those which record the LEAST amount of offences, not the most.


Throughout the lockdown periods and during the easement of measures and travel restrictions GoSafe have been deploying our resources to areas of concern, where high speeds had been reported and where communities have highlighted concerns for their safety. We deployed then and continue to deploy our Casualty Reduction Officers to enforcement sites to keep all road users safe as they make their journeys. Our strategic aim is to reduce collisions and to make roads safer for everyone!


Where we enforce, there is greater compliance with the speed limit which we would like to see across the road network as a whole, not just at a small number of locations. As such, GoSafe is strengthening our deployment strategy of being in the right place, at the right time, for the right reason.


We will be going to key locations where road traffic collisions have occurred to enforce offences of speeding, use of mobile phones or not wearing seatbelts and our mobile enforcement cameras could be visible anywhere, anytime.


There is also a perception by some motorists that our cameras cannot enforce without the presence of speed camera sign. This is untrue and we encourage all motorists to assume that where they see a speed limit sign or in an area with street lighting, there could also be an enforcement camera.


Teresa Ciano, GoSafe Partnership Manager said:


"We know that where there are mobile cameras present motorists comply with the speed limits and with our cameras being present on only 2% of the road network of Wales we strongly believe that our cameras should be able to extend their effectiveness across a larger section of the road network.


There is never a need or an excuse for speeding and this new strategy is aimed at improving the compliance of the speed limits by motorists across the roads of Wales for the safety of all."


We don't want your money, we want to make Welsh roads safer and through this deployment strategy we hope that compliance on all roads will increase, meaning a safer journey for all road users. You may see us in locations you haven’t seen us before, this is because we are responding to a new concern about safety in that location.


So, when you see our vans or motorcycles cameras on roads in your communities be reassured that our presence will always ensure we are at the right place, at the right time, for the right reason.

Tuesday, 20 July 2021