What we do
West Yorkshire Police enforce speed limits on the roads of West Yorkshire on behalf of the West Yorkshire Casualty Prevention Partnership, using a combination of fixed and mobile safety cameras. The use of speed cameras to achieve speed compliance should be viewed as a last resort and only after other interventions (e.g engineering solutions, signage, traffic calming and publicity) have been applied or at least considered.
Camera sites are determined in accordance with national guidance contained in Department for Transport circular 1/2007. This guidance uses traffic flow and collision data to determine risk. In accordance with recommendations from the HMICFRS inspection of roads policing report (Roads Policing - Not optional (2020)) the Partnership limits deployment of safety cameras to locations which meet the 'high risk' criteria contained in this DfT guidance. Our purpose is to prevent deaths and serious injuries on the roads of West Yorkshire by reducing the level and severity of speeding and red light offences and to improve driving standards through education and enforcement.
In 2020 there were 648 people killed or seriously injured in collisions on the roads in West Yorkshire. We are committed to reducing this number. To make this happen, the West Yorkshire Casualty Reduction Partnership provides enforcement services for the Local Authorities and Highways England in West Yorkshire in accordance with their road safety priorities.
We do this by installing road safety improvement measures at the worst casualty hotspots. These measures are for all road users and include installation of speed control safety cameras, mobile police camera patrols, and traffic signal cameras. Speed and red light violation cameras play an important role in reducing road casualties. Roads where cameras are present consistently see collision reduction rates that are better than the rest of the road network.
Speed enforcement also addresses antisocial driver behaviour, contributing towards safer communities.
The partnership consists of the five metropolitan district councils of Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees, Leeds and Wakefield along with West Yorkshire Police and the Highways Agency.