Cameras at 'accident hotspot' cause debate online

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The cameras installed come into force on 1 July [Gary Jackson/Facebook]

Cameras installed to catch drivers jumping red lights at a road junction in Hull have generated a debate online.

Hull city council had the cameras placed at the junction at Mount Pleasant and Holderness Road to try to reduce accidents.

People sharing their views online said the junction was a “nightmare” but others thought that the cameras would be a “nice income” for the council.

The cameras have been installed at the junction but do not come into force until 1 July.

The Local Democracy service said eight of the 23 collisions recorded at the junction in the last five years were due to drivers ignoring traffic signals.

The Council awarded a contract worth £240,448 to install the cameras because they said the junction had become an "accident hotspot".

Local people took to social media to air their views. Gary Jackson said: “The cameras should catch a few people jumping lights. This junction is a nightmare for it.”

Kirsty Cooper agreed: “I’m not surprised they’ve put these cameras up with the amount of accidents that happen there. It’s about time something was done and maybe it will prove who’s in the wrong.”

However Craig Carter disagreed with their sentiments: “Say no to cameras.” He exclaimed. “They should all mind their own business and let’s crack on.”

Rich Spenceley added: “It’s cost a quarter of a million. Should make that up in fines in less than a year.”

John Dearing commented: “Nice and colourful, nice income.”

Councillor Mark Ieronimo told the Local Democracy Reporting Service that the installation of the cameras formed part of the council’s wider aim to make neighbourhoods safer and more welcoming.

He said: “The new technology will enforce traffic rules and deter people from running red lights and putting themselves and others at risk. The cameras also incorporate ‘speed on green enforcement’ to tackle those who travel through the junction in excess of the speed limit.”

Four enforcement cameras have been put in place on all approaches to the Holderness Road and Mount Pleasant junction.

Mr Ieronimo said that the cameras would be effective in reducing the number of collisions and injuries on the road and make the junction safer for everyone.

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