TWO speed cameras are earmarked to be installed in Batley next year.
As well as plans for the new fixed speed traps along the A652 Bradford Road, work could also start on a site for a mobile camera along the same stretch.
They are among 35 blackspots in West Yorkshire where cameras are proposed.
Announcing the news, representatives from the West Yorkshire Casualty Reduction Partnership said a list of all the sites had been sent to government ministers for approval and work positioning the traps would begin as early as April 2004.
As well as plans to install more cameras around Kirklees, new-look warning signs are going up to show motorists police camera vans are used in certain areas.
Signs will go up along the A629 Penistone Road, the A652 Dewsbury Road in Gomersal and, again Bradford Road, Batley as well as on the A638 Ossett bypass.
Commenting on the signs, Steve Thornton, chairman of the Casualty Reduction Partnership, said: "We hope these new mobile speed camera signs will clear up any confusion and make it plain to motorists that they are driving through a high casualty area where speed enforcement is carried out by police officers operating out of vans."
He said frighteningly high speeds were still being recorded around the county.
Cameras, he explained, were helping win the war in bringing speed down.
Research partly carried out by his organisation in Kirklees shows pedestrian casualties are at their lowest-ever level in West Yorkshire.
But some speeding motorists were resorting to increasingly dangerous tactics to avoid getting caught.
"People are travelling on the wrong side of the road to avoid ladder markings," he said.
Spokesman Philip Gwynne commented that the cameras had captured some terrifying near misses. "Cars are being driven down the road in the face of oncoming traffic.
"The possible consequences to the driver and those around them are awful to contemplate," he said.
The white-painted ladder markings will now go on both sides of the carriageway.
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