Road deaths rise as Hull City Council cuts speed camera cash
SPEED cameras have been withdrawn from 17 sites across Hull to save the city council £200,000 a year, the Mail can reveal today.
Figures show the number of people killed or seriously injured on Hull's roads more than doubled the same year Hull City Council ceased its annual payment to Safer Roads Humber.
Ruth Gore, spokesman for Safer Roads Humber, said: "We believe the majority of drivers will have been unaware of the fact that enforcement ceased at these 17 sites.
"However, it is likely some will have noticed the absence of the vans.
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"We know, when we are forced to take cameras offline for whatever reason, speed on that road increases.
"It's regrettable Hull City Council has withdrawn its funding, but we understand it has to make savings."
Guildhall officials announced in July 2010 it was considering stopping its funding to Safer Roads Humber.
However, Ms Gore said the safety partnership and local authority agreed not to make their decision public, fearing motorists would take advantage of the lack of enforcement.
Ms Gore said: "Our message would be to drivers – respect local communities and drive within the speed limit at all times."
In 2011, 12 people were killed or seriously injured on the city's roads, with 83 people slightly injured, compared to five killed and 76 injured the previous year.
Ms Gore stressed the council is still a member of Safer Roads Humber and she hoped to have them on board once the economy picks up.
Mobile camera sites on the A63 Daltry Street flyover and Castle Street, where most drivers in Hull are caught, continue to run as they are funded by the Highways Agency.
Similarly, city council-funded fixed cameras on Beverley Road, Clough Road, Spring Bank West and Stoneferry Road remain fully operational.
According to the report – which can be viewed in full at www.safer roadshumber.com – all other councils that make up Safer Roads Humber are continuing to make payments.
East Riding Council commits £239,518 a year, North Lincolnshire Council contributes £133,721 while North East Lincolnshire Council pays £116,436.
Authors of the report suggest possible reasons for the rise in "slight" injuries.
It states: "Slight casualty numbers have seen an increase both at safety camera sites and across the Humber region as a whole.
"This could be due to improved reporting and recording procedures within Humberside Police, but it could also be connected to more people reporting slight collisions to the police for insurance reasons."
A spokeswoman for Hull City Council said they were unable to comment on the removal of funding from Safer Roads Humber.