CCTV to be piloted at roadworks - Highways Division Press Release
The Department of Infrastructure is to pilot mobile CCTV cameras in order to monitor vehicles at sites where temporary traffic signals are in use and deter motorists from driving through red lights and endangering staff working on the site.
The pilot scheme will be located at the works at Glen Lough Dip on the A1 Douglas to Peel road, which commenced on 2 April. Cameras will be positioned at each end of the site, focusing on the traffic signals to monitor those drivers who choose to ignore red lights.
Minister for Infrastructure David Cretney MHK explained:
‘Despite numerous articles in the media, and road safety campaigns over the last few years, it seems some motorists continue to ignore red lights on temporary traffic signals. Last year, several motorists were prosecuted for this during works undertaken on Victoria Road in Castletown. As this pattern shows no sign of changing, the Department is taking the next step to try and deter motorists and improve safety, both for our works teams and the general public.’
CCTV evidence of vehicles running red lights may be used by the police in prosecutions against drivers. However, it is hoped that the CCTV will act as a deterrent to drivers. Warning signs will be positioned in advance of the works to advise the travelling public that CCTV will be in operation. If the pilot scheme is successful, the Department intends to install CCTV on all future roadworks with temporary lights.
Mr Cretney added added:
‘Whilst I understand the frustration and inconvenience of roadworks to the travelling public, it is a requirement of all road users to adhere to the appropriate traffic controls. I welcome this initiative to monitor temporary traffic signals in an attempt to improve safety for the public in general and for the Department’s staff.’
Sergeant Pete Dyer from the Roads Policing Unit said:
‘The Police are prepared to use any evidence obtained from CCTV in order to identify and prosecute motorists who blatantly ignore traffic lights which are situated at road works. This manner of driving is antisocial and unacceptable. These lights are positioned for safety purposes.’