Plans to relocate crossing cameras to catch red light jumpers in Colyford

PUBLISHED: 14:26 07 August 2017 | UPDATED: 17:05 07 August 2017

Plans have been submitted to relocate cameras monitoring a crossing in Colyford to catch red light jumpers.

Plans have been submitted to relocate cameras monitoring a crossing in Colyford to catch red light jumpers.

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Lee Taylor, engineering and operations manager at Seaton Tramway, is behind the planning application to move the existing cameras to gain a better view of the crossing.

Plans have been submitted to relocate cameras on a level crossing near Colyford to clamp down on red light jumpers.

Lee Taylor, engineering and operations manager at Seaton Tramway, is behind the planning application sent to East Devon District Council to move the existing cameras to gain a better view of the crossing.

The tech was installed at the site in 2015 to catch out red light jumpers.

In April 2014, a car jumped red lights, resulting in serious damage but no injuries.

In his application, Mr Taylor said: “Discussions were made with Devon and Cornwall Police and the decision was made to install a CCTV system at the level crossing.

“This would mean any motorists who were caught to be unlawfully jumping the lights would be prosecuted.”

However, after the cameras were installed, Mr Taylor noticed that the footage failed to show both offences taking place and the red crossing lights in the same shot.

His application added: “It was decided that the cameras need to be located further away from the actual crossing in order that the offences and the contravened lights can be shown in one shot.”

Mr Taylor has submitted plans proposing that one camera is moved to the western corner of Seaton Tramway’s site and the other to eastern corner of land owned by the Environment Agency, which is adjacent to the site.

Permission has already been granted by the Agency to move the camera to its site.

A police spokesman said that motorists who contravene the warning signs and lights at the Colyford tram crossing are committing an offence contrary to section 36 of the Road Traffic.

If convicted, a court could impose a substantial financial penalty of up to £1,000.

If, as a consequence of dangerous driving or driving without due care and attention, a fatality occurred, the maximum penalty is 14 years in prison.

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