Joy! There's going to be more speed cameras!
Good news drivers! The government are turning speed cameras back on in a massive way, presumably to raise money at your expense! New digital speed cameras will replace many of the old film units and a new investigation reckons new camera numbers will surge by almost 50% in the next year.
Naturally, with more cameras, we should expect more prosecutions. However, AA press spokesman Andrew Howard thinks that some people will be rather pleased with it all.
"The lowest support they have got [from AA members] is 69%," says Howard. "Currently it is at 74%. Many localities will campaign for speed cameras in their area, but then complain about them when they're used in a nearby town. Nationally they are unpopular, but locally they are popular."
"In 2010 the Road Safety Grant stopped," continued Howard, "and local authorities had to find the money from elsewhere. Many had stopped [installing them] altogether. Now, revenue from speed awareness courses are being directed at speed camera installation costs. The people who commit the offences are paying for the cameras."
Of course, not everyone is happy about it. The tremendously named Keith Peat, spokesman for the Association of British Drivers (and an ex-traffic policeman) said that this whole thing was being pushed through by lobbyists from the road safety industry, "which includes the manufacturers of the devices and the partnerships, [they] have a vested interest."
"These cameras can't see how an accident happened, they can't see whether you were drunk or if you were careless. This Government is continuing the war on the motorist and it is counterproductive."