Speed Cameras Come Down After Accidents Go Up


Speed cameras do not 'have a major impact on road safety', say Derby authorities. As a result, the city is removing three of its 20 fixed speed cameras, while the other 17 are under review.

Warning signs displaying drivers' speeds are likely to replace the three axed cameras.

"Since the installation of the camera on Burton Road, for example, you look at the accident statistics and the number of incidents have gone up, so we need to look at alternative ways of dealing with speed on that road," Councillor Chris Poulter told the BBC.

"There is a lot of information over the last few years about speeds on these roads and the indication is (speed cameras) are not working as intended."

Call us cynical, but you can't help wondering if the decision to lay off the speed cameras has more to do with the fact that central government has cut funding for road safety by £21m to £56m, and last month switched off funding for any new cameras...

That's not the official line, of course. "Speed cameras are just one of the tools which we use to make Derbyshire's roads safer," says Derby and Derbyshire Road Safety Partnership. And one that might just be used less frequently in the future...

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  • FactoryPilot 23 Jul 2010

    Does this news surprise anyone??

  • ManOpener 23 Jul 2010

    I honestly don't care what cause they use to justify the removal of speed cameras, so long as it actually happens. It's bee well-known for a long time that the cameras have little or no effect on road safety or accident numbers, and have just been a tool for raising revenue.

    How many people does your average speed camera have to catch in order for it to pay for its own installment and maintenance?

  • silverMX 23 Jul 2010

    The councillor has said: "Since the installation of the camera on Burton Road, for example, you look at the accident statistics and the number of incidents have gone up, so we need to look at alternative ways of dealing with speed on that road"

    Souldn't it be: Since the installation of the camera on Burton Road, for example, you look at the accident statistics and the number of incidents have gone up, so we need to look at alternative ways of dealing with accidents on that road"

    ?

    Blindly fingering speed as the culprit for all accidents isn't the way now, is it? That'll just blinker progress!

  • Cheeky Jim 23 Jul 2010

    Very good point Silver... very telling that Speed is automatically the culprit.

  • Stew2000 23 Jul 2010

    As long as they don't waste money by putting up those stupid flashing 30 signs.
    I like the smile face sign that tells you what speed you're doing wink

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