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Speed cameras making a comeback
Thought the inexorable march of the speed camera was on the wane? Think again.
The rising number of motorists avoiding points by attending a speed awareness course is funding more sophisticated new digital cameras, which are set to replace the current generation of ageing film-based cameras.
The Telegraph reports that more than half of the country’s safety camera partnerships are busy installing sophisticated digital cameras – which never run out of film and cost less to maintain – with the number of such devices expected to rise by nearly 50 per cent over the next 12 months.
Digital cameras can send images of offending cars automatically to a control centre, giving a better ‘hit rate’ than film-based units, which involve a more labour-intensive process before a ticket is issued.
The demise of that yellow peril on a pole, the Gatso, was widely reported when the Coalition government to power and declared an end to war on motorists.
After the flow of central government funding for speed cameras was halted, many local authorities switched off their speed cameras and disbanded their safety camera partnerships altogether.
That trend is reversing now, thanks to the Police and camera partnerships being allowed to bank the fees charged to motorists attending speed awareness courses – which range from £70 to £97.
Speed awareness courses are offered by 41 Police forces across the country to drivers within a tolerance zone of 10 per cent plus 9mph over the posted speed limit.
Swindon, the first town to switch off all of its cameras in 2009, reported a fall in fatalities and serious injuries at its camera sites in the year following the switch off – whilst some speed camera sites have seen a rise in accidents since being installed.
“This is entirely predictable. The fact of the matter is the road safety industry, which includes the manufacturers of the devices and the partnerships, have a vested interest,” Keith Peat, ABD spokesman and former traffic police officer told the Telegraph.
Meanwhile, the Chair of ACPO’s National Roads Policing Forum, Suzette Davenport told the paper:
“Speed cameras are put in place to deter drivers from speeding and catch those who do. Drivers who are found breaking the law could be prosecuted and incur a criminal record,”
“Using technology to make the roads safer for all drivers is an excellent example of police moving with the times.”
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