M1 motorway closure

The M1 motorway will close to southbound traffic from 10pm on Friday 11 May and from midnight on the same day to northbound traffic.

This is to allow the installation of a new motorway bridge which is part of the planned Kegworth bypass that will alleviate HGV traffic from travelling through local villages. The work is part of wider infrastructure improvements at SEGRO Logistics Park East Midlands Gateway.

Highways England traffic officers will be on patrol to manage traffic flows and new signage is also being put in place ahead of the work to ensure motorists can plan their journeys before setting off.

Further details, including the temporary diversion route, are available here.

£1million speed camera upgrade

The Leicester, Leicestershire & Rutland Road Safety Partnership (LLRRSP) will be replacing its obsolete technology as it embarks on a major overhaul of its road side speed and red light cameras.
Work will commence later this month, at the first of the twenty two camera sites, which will see them upgraded from using 35mm wet film to more efficient digital technology.
It is proving unsustainable to operate our existing cameras as fewer companies are able to supply us with film and it is getting harder, and more expensive, to get replacement parts and servicing.
The digital upgrade, which will use wireless technology, will mean our speed and red traffic light enforcement will be more reliable.”
It is expected that the digital upgrade work will be completed by December 2018.

  • The first enforcement (red light) camera was installed in 1990 at the A4560 Narborough Road/Fullhurst Avenue in Leicester.
  • The majority of our speed and red light camera sites became operational between 1991 and 2005.
  • Our most recent camera site, on the A6/Loughborough Road near Quorn, became operational in 2012.

  • “We are trying very hard….to get people to follow the signposted limits.”

    A driver caught at 89mph on a 30mph road claims his metric speedometer confused him.

    The student was caught on Loughborough’s Ling Road in February 2017, read the rest of this story here.

    Leicestershire Police featured on national TV

    Local Police officers were featured on an episode of the BBC One Show on the lookout for drivers using mobile phones behind the wheel, the story starts via iplayer at 02:15 https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b09rblcm/the-one-show-12022018

    Daytime Running Lights

    These are becoming a more common feature on newer vehicles, however, they can pose a serious danger for night time driving: https://www.carkeys.co.uk/guides/what-are-daytime-running-lights
    Make sure you know your controls!

    WARNING! speeding ticket scam

    Fraudsters are targeting motorists with realistic emails claiming to have “photographic evidence” of speeding, follow this link to the Birmingham Mail news item.

    Rise in public support for speed cameras

    The latest British Social Attitudes Survey has found that support for speed cameras has risen significantly over the past decade, in spite of the belief they are money-making devices.
    Agreement with the proposition that ‘speed cameras save lives’ rose from a low of 42% in 2005 to 56% in 2016, while disagreement fell from 31% to a low of 19% over the same time.
    Nearly half of respondents said speed cameras are mostly there to make money but only a third (32%) said that there are too many, the lowest point in the last decade.

    Speed limits

    You must not drive faster than the speed limit for the type of road and your type of vehicle. The speed limit is the absolute maximum – it doesn’t mean it’s safe to drive at this speed in all conditions. Further details can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/speed-limits

    Driver found guilty of perverting the course of justice

    Laser jammer driver found guilty of perverting the course of justice.

    Tougher fines for speeding drivers

    From April 2017 year drivers who break the speed limit will face tougher penalties.

    New guidelines have been issued to district judges and magistrates and will apply to all offenders aged 18 and older.

    Read more at http://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/judges-will-soon-be-dishing-out-tougher-penalties-for-speeding-drivers/story-30085857-detail/story.html#FsqkmoQshZFkyR1P.99