Police have been out this morning carrying out roadside speed checks as part of an ongoing operation to make the roads safer.

Bolton police officers conduct speed enforcement checks throughout the borough, and often in response to concerns by residents.

A spokesman for GMP Bolton North Neighbourhood Team said: "Officers from the #Bolton North Neighbourhood Team have been conducting speed enforcement in Smithills this morning.

"This is helping to tackle one of our priorities to make Bolton's roads safer and we will continue to target speeding motorists in order to do this."

T two-way speed cameras that no longer ‘flash’ at speeding cars or require painted lines on the road are being installed across Greater Manchester, including Bolton, as part of the initiative to reduce serious injury and deaths on roads.

More than 100 of these new ‘ultra’ speed cameras are being installed across the region, operating 24/7 with the aim of eliminating all road fatalities and serious injuries.

Greater Manchester Police are warning speeding drivers to look out for them as, unlike traditional cameras which only capture vehicles in the left-hand lane, they capture two-way traffic.

The VECTOR-SR cameras will be painted yellow however they will look different to the older equipment and use infra-red low-light technology.

The VECTOR-SR cameras, developed by Jenoptik, have been funded through the Mayor’s Challenge Fund (MCF) and despite common misconceptions, the cameras solely catch speeding drivers and are not processed using artificial intelligence (AI).

However, if you are caught breaking the speed limit, you could also be prosecuted for other offences such as the use of mobile devices behind the wheel and not wearing a seatbelt.

One of these cameras has already been installed opposite the Co-op on Chorley New Road in Horwich.

Hundreds of drivers have been reported for different alleged driving offences since the launch of  Operation Portman more than 12 months ago.

To help them catch speeding drivers, officers have acquired two laser devices to record speeding vehicles.

Officers said that the operation has resulted in a huge reduction in serious injuries in Bolton. 

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