Camera in Hove aims to catch out drivers who speed up to 'beat' red light

'Speed on the green' camera
'Speed on the green' camera

A new portable speed camera at a collision and speeding hotspot in Hove is set to deter drivers from trying to 'beat' traffic light signals.

The Sussex Safer Roads Partnership said the new 'speed on green' camera is now in place at Hove, and an initial trial period had shown more than 175 potential offences detected with speeds as high as 50mph in a 30mph limit.

The portable camera, which was funded by Brighton and Hove City Council, has been introduced to reduce speeding offences being committed at locations controlled by traffic lights which have red light cameras already fitted.

But some drivers are speeding up through these junctions to try to 'beat' the red light, the Sussex Safer Roads Partnership said. The new cameras will be equipped to detect and enforce this in the same way that a traditional speed camera works.

Gill Mitchell, lead councillor for transport in Brighton and Hove, said: “I have no doubt that these new speed on green cameras will be a great aid to road safety in Brighton and Hove and will greatly enhance road safety at a number of traffic light controlled junctions where serious injury crashes have occurred.”

The Sussex Safer Road Partnership said the ultimate aim will be to have all red light camera sites across Sussex capable of detecting speed on green offences.