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Received this in an email from the RAC today. --
A police watchdog has revealed that a number of speed cameras are used to make money rather than reduce road traffic accidents.
Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS) found that speed cameras are sometimes set up in “good hunting grounds’’ for speeders “rather than because they had a history of collisions.”
In most force areas, speed cameras are deployed by road safety partnerships.
The watchdog’s report found that some local bodies have even protected their revenues by stopping police officers using driver education to improve road safety.
The publication said: “Apparent unwillingness to support education over enforcement had led to suspicion among officers, including some at chief officer level, that the focus of activity was intended to increase revenue for the safety partnership.”
It continues to explain that police forces and road safety partnerships don’t receive the funds from issued fines.
However, both parties are allowed to recover costs for administration costs of offences for educational schemes such as speed awareness courses.
“Crucially, what constitutes recovery of costs is open to interpretation.”
Wednesday’s report addressed concerns about the use of speed cameras: “The reality is that use of cameras is effective in reducing serious collisions.”
HMICFRS added that the rationale for camera enforcement in most forces was “supported by a process intended to maintain public confidence in their use.”
The independent organisation has called for police forces and their partners to make it clear where cameras are located and why the location has been chosen.
They have suggested that existing guidelines on the use of speed cameras should include a requirement that forces, or local road safety partnerships, publish their revenues and details of how the money is spent.
Wednesday’s report addressed concerns about the use of speed cameras: “The reality is that use of cameras is effective in reducing serious collisions.”
HMICFRS added that the rationale for camera enforcement in most forces was “supported by a process intended to maintain public confidence in their use.”
The independent organisation has called for police forces and their partners to make it clear where cameras are located and why the location has been chosen.
They have suggested that existing guidelines on the use of speed cameras should include a requirement that forces, or local road safety partnerships, publish their revenues and details of how the money is spent.


Just goes to show that what motorists have been saying for years may just be true !
 
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