The number of people killed or seriously injured (KSIs) on North Yorkshire roads is unacceptably high. Motorists who speed excessively are a contributory factor to the number of KSIs. In 2010, North Yorkshire Police Traffic Bureau (NYPTB) introduced mobile safety cameras to enforce speed limits. Motorists caught speeding are now receiving education, a fine or an appearance in court; depending on how much they are exceeding the speed limit by.
NYPTB turned to technology company StarTraq to provide a comprehensive back office software solution to process the thousands of offences that are captured on mobile safety cameras. StarTraq’s Dome solution has created processing efficiencies for NYPTB allowing them to process more offences with fewer staff. This has lowered the overall operating cost of the traffic bureau by over £250,000 per annum allowing for more funds to be diverted to road safety initiatives
In 2010, NYPTB explored the possibility of using safety cameras in reducing casualties in North Yorkshire. A key reason for this was that the number of people killed or seriously injured on North Yorkshire’s roads plateaued at 78 in 2009 and again in 2010.
North Yorkshire is the largest county in England and as such it was not deemed to be financially viable to install fixed safety cameras across the many speeding location hotspots and areas where anti-social behaviour was being witnessed. Mobile safety cameras gave NYPTB the flexibility to enforce at multiple locations across the county. It was especially important that vulnerable road users such as motorcyclists, who represented a significant contribution to the number of KSIs, could also be dealt with appropriately. High-tech safety cameras were used to capture the speed of the vehicle but also other offence types such as not wearing a seatbelt and using a mobile phone whilst driving. The physical presence of the safety cameras and signage began to encourage most people to stick to the speed limit but it was evident that some drivers were continuing to speed. The outcome for these drivers is determined by how much they are exceeding the speed limit by and they will either be offered driver education, given 3 penalty points on their license with £100 fine or an appearance in court. The first mobile safety camera started enforcing in June 2011 and it quickly became apparent that processing a traffic offence from ‘camera capture’ to one of these outcomes is complex. Firstly, a stringent set of rules apply in the lifecycle of a traffic offence e.g. the cameras have to be type approved and