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Posted by: Robert Bimpson on October 22nd, 2015 @ 4:16 PM
Tagged with: , motorway speeding offences, speed cameras, speed cameras on M62 motorway, speeding offenses, speeding tickets, traffic prosecution
Analysis: Is There Proof Speed Cameras Reduce Speeding?
It is regularly said by the powers that be, that the presence of speed cameras on our roads improves road safety by reducing traffic speed.
However, a careful examination of the facts does not support this. The most profitable speed camera has been identified as an average speed check on the M60 at Stockport, Greater Manchester. This system has been there for years. One would expect therefore, that traffic moving along that stretch of motorway would be moving at 50mph. Not so. Recent police figures show that in the last 3 years it has generated £1.9 million through motorists being fined.
Given that fixed penalty speeding tickets are £60 a time it is not hard to work out that despite the presence of these speed cameras, a huge volume of motorists have broken the speed limit. Clearly they don't work. They do however generate further government revenue out of the motorist. I remain to be convinced that money is not taking priority over issues of safety.
Our Criminal Courts Are Empty, But Our Traffic Courts Are Full
As regular followers of my blog will be aware I genuinely believe that the forces of Law and Order devote far more time to prosecuting the motorist than they do chasing serioius criminals.
Most Prosecutions are for Low Level Offences
Whilst one must accept the need to police our highways in order to ensure that they run smoothly and stay safe, the reality is that most motoring prosecutions are for low level speeding offences. In Cumbria, the traffic police will issue you with a ticket for driving at 77mph on the motorway. There can be no real argument that this has anything to do with road safety. In my experience speeding cases are always prosecuted by the Police and the Crown Prosecution Service.
Attitude of Prosecution Lawyers
What's even more amazing is the attitude of Prosecution lawyers in these cases. They devote huge amounts of their time and energy trying to obtain a conviction in a low level speeding case, yet for thousands of offences involving violence they authorise the Police to administer a caution.
Some may say this is not true. But believe me it is. Take a look in any of the Magistrate Courts up and down the land. The Criminal Courts are deserted. Which one is always full to bursting?...The Traffic Court.
France Drop Speed Camera Offenses For The Day
Today looks like being a good day for motorists in France. The French Police are so fed up with Francois Hollande that for today only they are not going to enforce the law when it comes to speeding motorists. I'm not quite sure how the French logic links the Prime Minister with speeding offences, but I am sure that it will provide a welcome respite for the beleagured motorists.
It also provides an excellent opportunity to see what impact this will have upon road safety. One assumes that if there is no increase in road traffic accidents then speed camera enforcement is not there to make the roads safer. But simply to generate Government revenue.
The war against the motorist continues with the rolling out of two new types of speed camera across large areas of the country. You may recall a year or so ago press articles proclaiming the end of the speed camera. In some areas such as Wiltshire traffic enforcement cameras could be seen covered up and out of service.
Unfortunately predictions of the speed cameras demise were premature.
Truvelo D Cam Speed Camera
The first new traffic enforcement camera to be used is the Truvelo D Cam camera. This is far smaller and much less visible than the older generation speed cameras. The real problem for the motorist is that it does not flash soyou have no idea youve been photographed. The device does not need film and so can never run out. This means that it will never be out of service, massively increasing the cameras ability to catch the errant motorist.
ZenGrab Lane Watch Mk2 Speed Camera
The second device which has many of the above characteristics is the ZenGrab Lane Watch Mk2. This even has the ability to catch motorcycles and is designed to enforce a whole range of motoring offences, not just speeding. Drive carefully.