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Faulty speed camera flashes at nothing

PUBLISHED: 15:00 25 August 2015

Speed camera in operation outside Worle Community School.

Speed camera in operation outside Worle Community School.

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WESTON-SUPER-MARE’S only operational speed camera left drivers and passers-by puzzled this week when it started flashing at anything which crossed its path.

Pedestrians, cyclists and cars were all flashed by the malfunctioning speed camera in New Bristol Road, in Worle.

The fault was spotted by a number of eagle-eyed people and sparked a large conversation on the Weston Then and Now Facebook page when Andy Keirle posted a video.

Mr Keirle said: “It is faulty, it is flashing when nothing goes through.

“It’s flashing randomly when cars are going slower than 30mph.”

The camera, which is located just outside of Worle Community School, is the only one to be switched on in North Somerset after cameras were deactivated back 2011.

It was turned back on in February this year and is run by North Somerset Council.

In its first 48 days of being in use the camera flashed nearly 2,000 motorists – raking in an astonishing £191,200 in fines.

The council has said it is ‘aware’ of the fault.

Its spokesman said: “We are aware that it is flashing and an engineer will be going out to have a look at it.”

A number of people commented on the post saying they had been flashed travelling as low as 20mph in the 30mph zone. Nicki Elisa Francis said: “I got flashed both ways and only doing 20.”

Marjorie Belcher said: “That’s ridiculous, it’s flashing and there’s no traffic.”

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