Speed cameras: Life savers or money makers?

11 July 2012

Speed cameraThere was an announcement that the Government was to end the 'war on the driver' and start, essentially, cutting the amount of money spent on road safety. However, there's still a load of speed cameras around the country.

Basically, despite the cuts, most counties still have speed cameras in place even though they may have been switched off by local councils.

“Many people believe there has been a mass switch-off of cameras over the past couple of years. But the data shows that overall this is simply not true,” said Stephen Glaister, of the RAC Foundation. “The RAC Foundation’s best evidence is that if all speed cameras were turned off around 80 more people would be killed on the roads each year with 700 others seriously injured. Therefore we welcome these figures which suggest the majority of fixed cameras have been retained and housings are being kept in place to act as a deterrent."

But are speed cameras a deterrent or are they just advanced piggy banks for authorities? There's also the small matter of outdated equipment on the roads, which isn't going to pay for itself and needs updating. Basically, some speed cameras still rely on old-style photographic film instead of digital technology.

Glaister continued: "We are concerned funds won’t be available to purchase new equipment to replace increasingly antiquated film cameras. There is a lack of money for all aspects of road safety and we urge councillors to allocate adequate budgets to protect people on the roads by whatever means is appropriate. Recent figures showing that deaths on the road rose in 2011, for the first time since 2003, only reinforce the need to retain the focus on road safety."

TOPICS:   Travel   Motoring

24 comments

  • Russ
    Oi Glaister you twat, stop poking your nose in and stick to fixing cars by the roadside
  • Steve
    Go fuck yourself, Glaister.
  • Me
    Maybe the government should just introduce a BMW/Audi/Chav'd up Corsa/106 tax as lets face it these are the guys who do the crazy speeding in 30 zones....
  • foxes
    Just tax it so the under 30s pay more and price the under 20s out of driving altogether. Accidents will go down 50%
  • A P.
    Where's Mike Hock when you need him? I'm sure we'd all be scintillated to hear his views, which would undoubtedly consist of the words Audi, BMW and lots of swear words that he heard from his mates in the playground but doesn't really understand.
  • Me
    Cunts!
  • Chewbacca
    Indeed, I also miss Mike Hock (fnarr fnarr ho ho ho!). And the chap who talks about bumming foxes. Both hilarious chaps and in no way do they deserve to be ass raped by bears and have their tiny todgers burnt off in acid. No way at all.
  • Brad
    The population of the UK is 62,232,000 Im sure we can afford to lose 80 of them, and the 700 can just walk it off.
  • Mustapha S.
    The population of the UK has gone up since 2003, so of course accidents will go up, more targets to aim for. Silly cunts.
  • Mike M.
    "Indeed, I also miss Mike Hock (fnarr fnarr ho ho ho!). And the chap who talks about bumming foxes. Both hilarious chaps and in no way do they deserve to be ass raped by bears and have their tiny todgers burnt off in acid. No way at all." says the king of the cunts.
  • Mike M.
    Although I'm quite indifferent to A Pikey
  • klingelton
    it's not just under 30's that cause accidents. there was the case of that 58 year old chap who "couldn't see" so pulled out anyway and murdered a motorcyclist. there's the raft of 40 something mums in those fucking people carriers who plough into cyclists. basically, the ability to drive and consideration for other road users is at a rock bottom low. The government and powers that be have been concentrating too long on one single aspect of bad driving (speeding) and it has to stop. We need to include those that drive too slowly for the conditions, those that pull out, those that drive like demented knob heads. Those people need to be stopped before they kill someone.
  • Hats o.
    not fair
  • Hats o.
    Does anyone understand the automated moderation rules here? A simple non- offensive post I wrote will not pass the rules, on the other hand posting with the “c” word seem fine
  • Hats o.
    A while ago I drove past a nasty accident on the A14 & A11 junction
  • Hats o.
    where a car from the slip road
  • Hats o.
    (presumably looking over his shoulder to filter into the moving traffic)
  • Hats o.
    hit the back
  • Hats o.
    of another car that apparently suddenly slowed
  • Hats o.
    s p e e d c a m e r a
  • Hats o.
    Okay, the automatic moderation rules on this site seem to have black listed s p e e d c a m e r a W D F !!!
  • Hats o.
    A while ago I drove past a nasty accident on the A14 & A11 junction where a car from the slip road (presumably looking over his shoulder to filter into the moving traffic) hit the back of another car that apparently suddenly slowed down for the s p e e d c a m e r a there. Further cars were caught in the carnage. Clearly a dangerous speed camera that should be removed. So should other badly positioned cameras that are sited to distract drivers from paying attention actual hazards. On the other hand, those near school crossings etc. can stay. Was not worth the f - i n g effort was it.
  • Me
    "Cunts" and "bumming foxes" requires no moderation.
  • Terry
    How about putting more Traffic Police on the road instead of installing and maintaining these cameras, and i don't mean having them hide in areas where it is clearly safe to go 10 mph over the limit. It would deter a lot more than just speeding, and would be much better in the long run. Someone being spoken to about their dangerous driving would have a much bigger affect than an automated letter.

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