Mum's shock at speeding drivers
A mother whose daughter was killed in a car crash said she was "shocked and saddened" nearly 500 people were caught speeding at the accident blackspot.
Julie Holwell had campaigned for four years to get a speed camera on the A6, near the One Ash Island, in Loughborough, after her daughter Becki, 20, died when the speeding car in which she was a passenger hit a tree.
A speed camera has been monitoring drivers since the start of August and in its first five weeks of operation, 493 drivers were caught driving above the 50mph limit.
Julie, 47, of Mountsorrel, said: "I find the sheer number of people surprising. I'm really shocked and it is quite saddening.
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"There are plenty of signs and it has been advertised so much before it started catching people. It is unreal.
"I know it sounds bad but I am glad they have been caught and fined. Maybe it will make them think more about speeding next time.
"I suppose I just have to think maybe by getting that camera installed I have saved one of those 493 people's lives, by making them think twice about speeding.
"I hope, when we look at the next lot of figures, fewer people will have been caught – it would show people have learnt their lesson."
In line with conventional speed camera rules, of the 493 speeders, those who were caught driving between 57mph and 64mph will get a £60 fine and three penalty points.
Those driving faster will be called to magistrates court.
The camera was put in place in May and, during a pre-enforcement trial period, 858 speeding motorists were caught in 37 days.
Mrs Holwell collected almost 2,000 signatures on a petition calling for safety measures to be installed at the accident blackspot, which has claimed the lives of three other people in the past 36 months.
After she submitted her petition to Charnwood Highways Forum three years ago, studies were conducted but officers concluded the road did not warrant safety measures.
However, in August 2011, the day before the third anniversary of Becki's death, Julie was told a speed camera would be installed at the spot, after further consideration.
Ian Drummond, chairman of Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland Road Safety Partnership, said: "The presence of the safety camera has been successful in moderating motorists behaviour and we are already beginning to see the long-term safety benefits."
Lesley Pendleton, Leicestershire County Council lead member for environment and transport, said: "In response to safety concerns, and following an assessment of the site last summer, the safety camera was installed by Leicestershire County Council.
"The assessment found that in the previous 36 months, in addition to four slight accidents, four people had been killed or seriously injured on this particular stretch of road."