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Nottingham first with digital speed checks

NOTTINGHAM CITY Council this week became the first in Europe to install digital speed enforcement cameras.

Under the £300,000 scheme known as SPECS, cameras will work in pairs, digitally reading number plates and using the time taken for cars to travel between cameras to calculate average speed.

The city council is expected to raise £5M through SPECS over the next two years. It will be allowed to spend the proceeds on transport under the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions pilot scheme which ring fences parking charges for transport investment.

The city council's accident and investigation unit team leader Phil Crossland said:

'SPECS controls a length of road rather than just a spot. There is also no film to process so the cameras are always working. It makes the process quicker and saves on police resources.'

Six pairs of cameras were installed 300m and 500m apart, on the A610 from Nuthall Road to Valley Road. This area has the worst accident record in the county with nearly 390 injuries and 12 deaths in the past four years. It is hoped that twelve more cameras will be installed next year to help reduce accidents by 30% in two years.

Two other counties are expected to introduce SPECS cameras early next year.

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