New safety cameras are being installed in a crash hotspot to help educate and drive down road deaths and injuries.
As part of a phased intervention along the A26 Hadlow Road, Tonbridge, two devices have been placed in the 40MPH zone which has been identified as a site requiring management to reduce speed and its associated casualty rate.
Statistics show between 2016 and 2019 there were two deaths, eight people seriously injured and six people involved in collisions resulting in minor injuries.
Since then, an investigation has taken place and a phased plan, developed by road safety engineers, leading to new lines and signs being installed last year to urge caution among drivers.
The second phase of the plan means safety cameras have now been put in place ready to be used in the months ahead.
The work has been completed through a joint effort between Kent County Council and the Kent & Medway Safety Camera Partnership to help educate and inform drivers.
Kent County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport, David Brazier, said: “The safety of our road users is a top priority and it is important we help to educate and enforce, if we hope to realise our aim of having zero deaths on our roads by 2050 as set out in our Vision Zero plan.
“We have reviewed the possible interventions available at this site extensively and believe this to be the most effective way to reduce the risk of further deaths and injuries on this stretch of road.
“I commend the majority of drivers who do use our roads responsibly and I would like to remind people that a speed limit is not a target.”
Officers regularly review all sites where data shows a number of fatalities or serious injuries to spot opportunities to drive down the possibility of people losing their lives.
Visit www.kmscp.co.uk for more information on the Kent & Medway Safety Camera Partnership.
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