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What is a Safety Camera and how do they work??

The term "Safety Camera" applies to cameras used by the Nottinghamshire Safety Camera Partnership to enforce offences of exceeding the speed limit and contravention of red traffic light signals, and thereby improve overall road safety. To see how safety cameras work click here > >

I was caught speeding over 30mph. Why weren't there any signs telling me the limit on that road?

If the road is lit by street-lights less than 183 metres apart, the limit will always be 30mph unless there are signs saying otherwise. 30mph signs are only displayed at the perimeter of such a zone. This is covered by Rule 124 on page 41 of the Highway Code, which states, "You must not exceed the maximum speed limits for the road and for your vehicle. The presence of street lights generally means that there is a 30mph (48 km/h) speed limit unless otherwise specified." This applies to roads of all widths, including dual carriageways. However, this does not apply to motorways which have their own speed limits. When moving from one speed limit to another there are signs informing you of the new limit. In the case of 20. 40 and 50mph limits you will see "repeater signs" reminding you of the speed limit. There are never 30mph repeater signs unless the road is not lit. So having entered a 30mph section, you will not see any other speed limit signs until you get to a section of road with a changed limit. However, thanks to a relaxation in the legislation and ruling on road signs, it is now permissible for local highway authorities to put up speed camera warning signs which show the speed limit. This applies to both static and mobile camera sites. Consequently, Nottinghamshire County Council are now placing such signs on speed camera sites within their area. For further information on speed limits, click here > > and for a table showing the various speed limits for roads and classes of vehicles click here > >

Where are all the Safety Cameras in Nottinghamshire?

For a list of all our mobile speed camera sites click here

For a list of all our static speed camera sites click here

For a list of all our red traffic light safety camera sites click here

For current locations of where the mobile camera teams are operating on casualty reduction sites, during the next few weeks, click here


Who decides where the cameras are?

The Nottinghamshire Safety Camera Partnership select safety camera sites in accordance with guidelines that were issued by the Department for Transport. These were recommendations issued by that office and, although there are no legal obligations upon Camera Partnerships to comply with them, the Nottinghamshire Safety Camera Partnership endeavours to comply with those guidelines. In the case of Fixed Camera Sites - these are the yellow roadside static cameras. The site length should be between 0.4km and 1.5 km in length.
Collision history records should show that there have been at least four collisions resulting in people killed or seriously injured per kilometre in three years.

In the case of mobile speed-camera sites - where patrols enforce at varying times using portable equipment: - The site length should be between 0.4km and 5 km in length.
Accident history records should show that there have been at least two collisions resulting in people killed or seriously injured per kilometre in three years.
Additionally, in respect of both fixed and mobile camera sites it is recommended that the following conditions are also fulfilled: -
A speed survey shows that the free-flow 85th percentile speed is at, or above, the Association of Chief Police Officers enforcement threshold, which is currently at the speed limit + 10% of the limit + 2mph. (E.g. 35mph in a 30mph limit)
At least 20% of drivers are exceeding the speed limit, excluding at congestion periods.
There has been a site survey carried out by a road safety engineer confirming that no other cost effective engineering solution can be implemented to improve road safety along the stretch of road.

Ultimately, the police have a statutory right to enforce traffic law on any public road.

Why do safety cameras operate at night? Surely there is no need with less traffic then.

People often complain when they are caught on a speed camera at night. The driver's perception is that as there are far fewer people around at night the roads are safer. They feel that sticking to a 30 limit is unnecessary as the roads seem to be quiet. Measured speeds on Nottinghamshire's roads consistently show that vehicle speeds rise at night. This has a direct effect on the severity of collisions. Vulnerable road users such as pedestrians and pedal cyclists are far more at risk during the hours of darkness as they are harder to see. Increases in vehicle speed at night gives drivers less time to react to the road conditions. This leads to an increase in serious injury. Between 2003 and 2005 29% of all reported injury collisions occurring on Nottinghamshire's roads resulting in a fatal or serious injury were speed related. During the hours of darkness this percentage of speed related accidents rises to 43%. During daylight hours this percentage is 23%. By enforcing the speed limits on Nottinghamshire's roads at all times of the day and night we hope to reduce the numbers and severity of collisions occurring.

Can speed cameras detect offenders travelling in both directions?

Mobile speed cameras are used to monitor and detect offenders travelling in both directions passed the operator, achieving a front view of vehicles approaching and a rear view of vehicles driving away. Static cameras will only detect offenders travelling in one direction but some types can be turned on their columns to detect offenders either travelling towards or away from the camera, thus providing either front or rear view images of the offending vehicles.

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