New speed cameras planned and more motorway meddling!

5 February 2014

speeding car The Highways Agency are looking like they're going to increase the stretches of 'managed motorway' we have, so sections of road will have the overall speed of traffic adjusted in a bid to avoid traffic jams and bottlenecks.

So, instead of driving along at 70mph, you'll more regularly reach those segments that slow everyone down and have a camera installed at each end of a section, to ensure you don't drive any quicker than they want you to.

This means a whole load of new cameras cropping up on the roads, covering large stretches of motorway. The plan is that over 400 miles of the busiest motorways will be covered. There will also be cameras to make sure no-one is going faster than 70mph, so hard lines if you've just bought a fancy sports car.

Julie Townsend, deputy chief executive of Brake, the road safety charity, said: "Speed cameras are an extremely well evidenced, cost-effective way to improve safety and reduce deaths and injuries on roads where they are placed, preventing families going through the trauma of a sudden bereavement or life-changing injury."

"Put simply: speed cameras reduce speeding, which helps to prevent deadly crashes. Breaking the speed limit is risky and illegal, so only drivers who break the law will face fines."

Do you agree?

TOPICS:   Motoring

20 comments

  • Peter P.
    Just teach people how to maintain their speed when coming onto/off the motorway. No need for roadworks lasting years to stick ruddy great signs up telling you to slow down on a clear road.
  • Brad
    How about they fix the pot holes and general shitness of the road surface first? Theres no money for this apparently but never seem to come up short when some sort of cameras (Which just happen to bring in an income, remember its all purely for safetys sake!).
  • The P.
    As Julie Townsend says, this is a cost-effective way to improve safety. Not necessarily the best way nor most popular.
  • Loz
    I wish they'd install more cameras to catch people who jump red lights, especially at roundabouts. That's far more likely to cause an accident or tailback >:-(
  • Grammar N.
    If only they could do something about Feral Trolley of the Week being left around for weeks on end.
  • Paul C.
    Julie Townsend can fuck off. She probably doesn't even own a car.
  • Gherkin M.
    That Trolley will cause an accident
  • Trolley B.
    That trolley is causing me to go blind and I have also developed numbness in my toes.
  • People P.
    “Speed cameras are an extremely well evidenced, cost-effective way to improve safety and reduce deaths and injuries on roads where they are placed" - prepared to accept this is true for non-motorways - especially local roads but is there equivalent evidence for motorways? This measure is being introduced to control traffic flow - not for safety
  • ed
    Whining about speed cameras should be a crime punishable by 2 points on your licence and a fine. To do so is an obvious admission that you behave in a criminal manner and speed when they are not about.
  • Tim W.
    I fly everywhere because I'm fly
  • Wozza
    ed, is that short for Dick-Ed?
  • Alexis V.
    I fucking hate Brake. Sanctimonious meddlers who will never be happy until they bring the red flag man back.
  • Han S.
    Then why do County Durham not have a single speed camera in the entire force area and yet road fatalities are the lowest in 36 years? - thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/8800245.Road_deaths_in_County_Durham_drop_to_lowest_level_in_36_years/
  • Han S.
    Then why do County Durham not have a single speed camera in the entire force area and yet road fatalities are the lowest in 36 years?
  • Bogbrush
    because northerners can't afford cars
  • jt
    Speed cameras on motorways should enforce a minimum speed limit. It's the idiots driving at 55 mph that cause accidents. If you want to drive at 55, stay of the motorway.
  • Dogbrush
    Because Bogbrush's fat arse acts as an incredibly effective air bag that covers the entire area.
  • Kevin
    If you moan about cameras then you are obviously breaking the law so should be punished.
  • Teddy E.
    It would be even better if the 70 mph. limit was strictly enforced ie you lose your licence for a period if you are caught.

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