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Killer road to get special speed cameras

A SPECS camera in close-up
A SPECS camera in close-up

NEW cameras to monitor one of the most notorious roads in the county are to be introduced soon, it has been revealed.

People living the vicinity of the A228 on the Hoo Peninsular near Rochester are being sent leaflets to explain the cameras, known as SPECS – Speed Check Enforcement System.

They will cover a four-and-a-half mile section of the road, from Christmas Lane to Thamesport.

The cameras differ from conventional ones in that they are capable of measuring average speed over a distance. Other cameras record the speed of a vehicle only at the instant it is photographed.

Over a three-year period, 46 injury accidents occurred on the stretch of road covered. Six people died and six were seriously injured. The new system will enforce a 40mph speed limit, which its hoped will reduce accidents to a minimum.

The £500,000 cost of the system is being borne jointly by Medway Council and Kent and Medway Safety Camera Partnership.

Cabinet member for highways Phil Filmer said: “People in Medway have been requesting safety cameras on the A228 for some time. The system being installed has proved very effective at other locations and we hope it will dramatically reduce casualties on this road.”

*The leaflet can be downloaded from www.kmscp.org

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