Page last updated at 12:21 GMT, Friday, 18 July 2008 13:21 UK

Police challenged on Specs system

Specs cameras
The 'Specs' system measure the average speed of a vehicle

The police have been challenged to prove the new speed cameras on the main A2 road in North Down work properly.

Only one motorist has been caught speeding on the road since the cameras were switched on in May.

The Speed Enforcement Camera System (Specs) monitors traffic flowing in both directions of the A2, between Bangor and Holywood.

The DUP's North Down assembly member, Peter Weir, said the figure seemed too good to be true on such a busy road.

"It will lead to suspicions that the cameras have not been operating properly or that drivers are finding a way of evading detection," he said.

"There is a key challenge to the police on this issue, and they must come forward with immediate confirmation that the cameras have been fully and properly operating."

The only other place the Specs operates is on the A1 outside Newry.

In the two years they have been in operation there, 77 motorists have been caught for speeding.

In a statement on Friday, the PSNI said the aim of the scheme was "to reduce the number of casualties through targeted speed enforcement".

"The success of the scheme is measured solely in the reduction of speed and casualties.

"All deaths and serious injuries caused by road traffic collisions on our roads are unacceptable.

"They are unnecessary. Most are avoidable, which is why road safety and road policing remains a major policing priority."





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