Police in Bristol could curb motorists with speed cameras on lampposts
AVON and Somerset police are considering putting average speed check cameras on lampposts to catch speeding drivers.
The force has held talks about using groups of automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) cameras to replace fixed speed cameras, which are being axed because councils can no longer afford to run them.
Average speed checks work by recording the time a vehicle passes two fixed points on a stretch of road, then using the distance between them to calculate its average speed.
Police are due to take over responsibility for speed cameras next month after the majority of council funding was axed.
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The fixed point yellow Gatso cameras are expected to be phased out on cost grounds unless councils decide to pay the police to keep them going.
They have already said mobile cameras will be deployed around the clock in the Bristol area to catch drivers who speed at night.
City council spokesman Pete Wood said: "There has been no formal approach by the police and one would need to come from them – they would be enforcing speed limits rather than us, though we are aware that the possibility of using ANPR cameras to regulate speed limits in Bristol has been raised by them."
Police spokesman Martin Dunscombe said: "We are reviewing our current operational practices with regard to mobile speed cameras and are hoping to extend their use."