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Thursday 4 March 2004

Speed Camera Proliferation - Have your say

I posted a couple of times recently, here, here and here, about the apparent use by Government and Police af Speed Cameras as means of raising revenue as oppose to means for increasing road safety.

As you drive round Britain it quickly becomes clear that cameras are placed in locations where their value to road saftey is negligable but where they are most likely to catch drivers travelling above the limit. At the same time, there has been a drastic reduction in the amounts of designated "Traffic Police". The Staffordshire police force disbanded their traffic branch completely. Consequently nobody is catching bad drivers, uninsured drivers, untaxed vehicles, drunk drivers or unroadworthy cars. There's also a knock on effect on general policing. A police presence on the roads was always a deterrant to criminals and there were always arrests being made of criminals who were originally only pulled over for driving offences but discovered to have been up to something else.

If you have any particular feelings one way or the other, why not have your say over on one of BBC News' online debates?

March 4, 2004 1:30 PM | Stuff of Interest

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