‘Speed on green’ cameras that caught thousands in 2020 explained

A single red light camera that also catches drivers breaking the limit on one of Leicester’s busiest roads caught thousands of speeding motorists this year.

The so-called ‘speed on green’ device near the KFC restaurant on Narborough Road was triggered more than 4,900 times between January and mid-December landing each offender with a £100 fine and three penalty points on their licences.

The camera, on the southbound stretch of the A5460 heading towards Fosse Park, was the most prolific of five around the city that were originally solely to enforce against motorists running red lights.

These five sites however have been adapted to penalise speeders too.

They record red light breaches still, but can now also record the speeds people pass through while on green.

The Narborough Road camera caught more than ten times more drivers than the next nearest one – at a pelican crossing on the A563 Redhill Way.

There are three more ‘speed on green’ sites in the city too, at A563 Glenhills Way, A6 St Margaret’s Way/Ravensbridge Drive, and A47 Hinckley Road/Wyngate Drive.

The Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland Road Safety Partnership, which manages the cameras, says the number of fines the cameras issued would likely have been far higher but for the various coronavirus lockdowns which greatly reduced traffic volumes.

The Partnership said by late May 2020 Leicestershire and Leicester traffic levels were about 50 per cent of their usual volumes rising gradually to over 90 per cent by November.

Between late March and early April they had dropped as low as 10 per cent.

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  • Partnership spokesman Jonathan Clarkson said: ““Excessive or in appropriate speed has a devastating impact on the safety of road users, increasing both the risk of a crash and the severity of the consequences.

    “The risk of death is approximately four times higher when a pedestrian is hit at 40 mph compared to 30 mph and it is estimated that speeding contributes to as many as a third of all fatal collisions.”

    “Almost daily Leicestershire Police are attending accidents where someone is killed or seriously injured.

    “Speed is a major factor in most of these crashes.

    “I’d like to take this opportunity to remind drivers that police patrols maintain a visible and pro-active presence and our speed camera network is operational in order to keep everyone safe.”

    Leicestershire Live – Leicester News