DRIVERS are delighted at plans to replace one of Hyndburn's most notorious speed cameras with an interactive sign.
Dozens of motorists fired off bitter complaints about the camera on Whalley Road, Great Harwood, when it was first installed in 2002.
And many drivers who were caught driving over the speed limit challenged the fines they had been given.
They said it was unfair as the limit along the road was reduced from 40mph, which it had been for years, to just 30mph, with few signs to warn drivers of the change.
But now Lancashire County Council, along with the Lancashire Partnership for Road Safety, is set to replace the camera with an interactive sign.
John Davies of the Partnership said the sign would be in place for about six months to see if it proved more effective in getting drivers to slow down than the camera.
He said: "The sign will monitor the speed of drivers and if they are exceeding the limit it will flash at them with an LED light."
Mr Davies said that if the sign was a success, they would consider installing them instead of cameras at other sites across the county.
Among the drivers celebrating the removal of the camera is one of its earliest victims, Rod McLennan, 72, of Harwood Bar Caravan Park.
He was caught out four times in three days by the camera as he was unaware the speed limit had been changed.
He said: "When I was originally caught I appealed on the grounds that there were not adequate signs warning people of the change in speed limit.
"As a result of this, they ruled I could keep my licence and I did not get any points on it.
"I felt the camera was in an unfair spot as, to the best of my knowledge, I can only think of one bad accident in that area for the past 40 years or so.
"If they were going to put one up, it would have been better in between the Hyndburn Bridge pub and the Woodlands as there have been numerous accidents on that stretch of road.
"I was against the camera as I felt it was just put there to generate revenue. If you put something like that where there have been no serious accidents then to me it is there to raise revenue."