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Holes Bay cameras net £2,500 from residents in one month
THE Holes Bay Road cameras which catch motorists runn-ing the red light netted £2,500 from Dorset residents in a month, the Echo can reveal.
According to figures obtain-ed by the newspaper, 27 people living in Dorset appeared in the magistrates courts and were fined after speeding through the red light signal on the A350 Holes Bay Road in Poole for the month beginning August 14.
Operated by Dorset Road Safe partnership, the red light safety camera activates, and photographs the offender, if both sets of a vehicle’s wheels cross the loops buried in the road adjacent to the lights, after it has been red for one second.
Figures also show that 954 motorists were found to have ignored the red light signal for the 2012/13 in the north-bound and southbound direc-tions, up from 746 for 2011/12.
Ian Bellchamber, from campaign group Dorset Speed, said: “I will say that the 30mph speed limit is incorrect for that road.
“I suspect that the red lights are set up for that speed limit, although the reality is that many motorists won’t stick to it.
“I think that part of the problem is the characteristics of Holes Bay Road, in that there is a lot of road signage, many lanes, and a lot of space for cars to move into.”
Jacqui Beale, a Wimborne resident, says that she was caught out, after travelling in the right-hand lane of the Holes Bay Road, Sterte Road junction travelling away from Poole.
She said: “I looked at the light to my right and saw that it was red so I stopped and waited for it to change.
“However, I later found out that that was only for the filter lane. The only light they have for those two lanes is on the left and it’s not easy to see when you are at the front. It’s misleading. I was told that I crossed the light 18 seconds after it turned red, but I only did that because I thought it was green.”
After appearing at Bourne-mouth Magistrates Court, Jacqui received a £60 fine, plus a £20 victim surcharge and three penalty points on her licence. Dorset Road Safe Partnership declined to comment.
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