SAM2 Speed Awareness Camera
Knapton is an almost linear village that hugs three roads;
- Knapton Road – this main road mainly bypasses the village and links Mundesley with North Walsham
- Hall Lane – this rural back road has become the rat-run between Mundesley and North Walsham and a speed track for school traffic
- The Street – another rural backroad that has been hi-jacked by HGV and other traffic to and from Bacton Gas Terminal
Both Knapton Road and Hall Lane have serious speeding issues with drivers choosing not to slow down as they enter the 30mph speed limit within the village.
The current speed limit for vehicles travelling from North Walsham up Hall Lane is 60mph right up to MADRA, only a few hundred yards from the village hall. There are no pavements for the elderly to use when they try to get to events at MADRA, or for school children as they make their way to the village playground, yet a lot of traffic – including Mums on the school run – don’t slow down through the village.
The speed limit for traffic approaching our village on the Knapton Road from both directions is 40mph. Access to the village is on a bend where the road joins both The Street and Hall Lane which are strictly 30mph from this point. It is commonplace for drivers travelling from Mundesley to cross the junction into Hall Lane without breaking, clearly breaking the speed limit as they enter the village, with no pavements to offer safety and refuge for pedestrians.
Our village is home to residents of all ages and abilities, from young children walking to school to more mature parishioners walking to the bus stop, and every one of them has the right to be able to use our roads in safety.
This part of our overall road safety strategy is simply to enforce the legal speed limit, or rather, to have it enforced. And to do that, we need to provide proof with enough evidence to encourage the Police to invest their time to identify and prosecute the culprits.
For the Police to setup a mobile Speed Camera which they can use to catch and prosecute speeding drivers, they need to have recorded data that they can evaluate to identify the most potentially effective time to set up the speed trap.
On the advice of the Police we are purchasing a SAM2, a mobile Speed Awareness Message unit which approaches the problem two ways;
- it will flash up vehicle speeds and provide a reminder to drivers travelling through our village that the legal speed limit is 30mph
- it will record the speed and time of day of every vehicle that passes it
The data recorded will be collated by the parish council, trended and distributed to the Community Speed Watch, the Police and the Highways Department. The Community Speed Watch team can use this data to select when the prime time speeders travel through certain areas of the village so that they can go out and target persistent speeders. We will also publish the results (that we are allowed to) on this website.
The SAM2 can only be located in any one location for 30 days, after which it has to be moved and it cannot return to that location for a further 60 days. So the committee has identified five locations and have submitted them to Highways for their approval. Once approved, we can install the camera for up to 4 weeks gathering data before it is moved to another spot to maximise the effectiveness in recording any speeding motorists endangering our residents as they attempt to shave a few seconds off their journey.