Don't miss a story sign up to Weston Mercury's FREE daily newsletter CLICK HERE

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.

Archant

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.”

Other News Stories

Yesterday, 18:00

A ping pong parlour has launched in Weston-super-Mare’s Sovereign Shopping Centre.

Read more
Yesterday, 17:00

A centuries-old West Country tradition will be celebrated this weekend as people prepare to wake the apple trees and scare off ghosts.

Read more
Yesterday, 16:00

A 42-year-old man has denied murdering his former partner.

Read more
Yesterday, 15:36

Police have caught a man who has been on the run this week.

Read more
Yesterday, 15:00

Runners from a Cheddar school have qualified for the Somerset Schools County Championships.

Read more
Yesterday, 12:00

A bus service which is a vital route for students will be axed in April, leaving parents concerned for their children’s education.

Read more
Yesterday, 11:00

A new charge on developers to help fund infrastructure projects across North Somerset has come into force.

Read more
Yesterday, 10:00

A primary school in Worle is thrilled to have received 100 new books from the Weston Mercury’s Books For Schools campaign.

Read more
Yesterday, 08:39

Firefighters put out a chimney blaze in Uphil yesterday (Thursday).

Read more
Yesterday, 07:00

North Somerset’s leading councillor has launched a public attack on his own party by slamming the Government’s era of austerity for treating elderly people ‘without respect’.

Read more

Most Read News

Read Online

Image
Read the Weston Worle and Somerset Mercury e-edition E-edition

Local Weather

Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 5°C

min temp: 3°C

Useful Links

Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Subscribe to the paper
Competitions
Send Your Letters
Order Photos
Family notices
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Show Job Lists

Local business directory

Somerset's trusted business finder