Police are undecided on next steps for another speed camera subject to arson (Image: Daily Echo)
POLICE remain undecided over what to do with a speed camera in Dorset which was burned down last summer.
A speed camera at Ringwood Road, passing through Three Legged Cross, was the subject of arson in August 2021 and has not been in use since.
A brown blanket was placed over the radar, which was heavily damaged by the attack.
But Dorset Police remain undecided on what to do with the unused camera, with the current method of deterrence being speed camera vans.
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Speed cameras at Ringwood Road (Image: Daily Echo)
A Dorset Police spokeswoman said: ‘Three Legged Cross Radar was damaged in an arson attack in August 2021.
“Despite this, law enforcement activities continued in the area with the deployment of security camera vans and patrols by officers from the No Excuse Road Safety Team.
“We continue to engage with our partners to discuss the possibility of a replacement camera or an alternative solution and that continues.
“Until a decision is made, we will continue to target Three Legged Cross motorists who do not drive responsibly and within the speed limit.”
Speed cameras at Magna Road (Image: Daily Echo)
The Ringwood Road speed camera is not the first speed camera to be the subject of arson in Dorset.
In November the Daily Echo reported on a camera in Magna Road, Bournemouth, which has been the victim of three separate arson attacks in two years.
The camera, which was an old wet film camera, hasn’t been used for over 10 years and has been covered and on the road ever since.
Dorset Police decided not to replace Magna Road Camera in 2020 when the force digitized a number of its cameras.
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Around £400,000 was spent on upgrades, including 30 sites capable of supporting the new detection cameras, with 20 cameras shot at these sites.
The digital cameras are capable of covering up to four lanes of traffic and do not require secondary road markings – white lines – to operate.
It’s not an average speed camera like those on the A338 Spur Road from north of Blackwater to Cooper Dean. Instead, the camera digitally detects and transmits traffic speed violations using a 4G signal.