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Some good news on the speed camera front

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    A POLICE force is dismantling ten speed cameras and removing film from another 50 after the first official admission that badly positioned devices could undermine road safety.

    West Midlands Police has found after a review of all its cameras that many fail to comply with strict government rules on where they can be located. The force is expected to be the first of many to remove devices after the Government ordered a national audit of Britain’s 6,000 speed cameras.

    Three were found to break guidelines that cameras must be visible from at least 60m (200ft) away. Two were obscured by a bridge and one was hidden behind a road sign. /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/burningmad.gif

    A spokesman for the West Midlands Casualty Reduction Partnership, which includes the police and seven local authorities, said that motorists had been braking suddenly after spotting the cameras too late.

    “We recognise that there is a potential safety hazard from sudden braking if you can’t see the camera,” he said.

    The partnership spokesman said that West Midlands had also decided to switch off cameras at locations where there had been no injury in a traffic collision in three years.

    Under the Department for Transport’s rules, cameras can be positioned on roads only where there have been at least four collisions involving death or serious injury within a one-kilometre stretch in the previous three years. Once the camera is installed, it can remain indefinitely even if there are no further collisions.

    Camera supporters argue that this is sensible because collisions might occur again if the camera were removed. But West Midlands has decided that it cannot justify fining drivers when there have been no recent casualties.

    The spokesman said that sites where there had been no collisions for four years would be reviewed to see whether the cameras could be removed. “We hope our approach will convince motorists that we only have cameras where there is a road safety problem,” he said.

    Paul Smith, founder of anti-camera campaign Safe Speed, welcomed the initiative and called on other forces to copy it. “We hope this is the beginning of the end for cameras . . . Motorists have been fined more than £700 million since the early 1990s but the roads haven’t got safer.”

    Meanwhile, several speed camera partnerships are being forced to delay plans to install hundreds more cameras because the Department for Transport has yet to approve them. Some of the partnerships suspect that the department is beginning to doubt the effectiveness of cameras. Last month the department commissioned a two-year research project to investigate claims that the fall in road casualties at camera sites was due more to the random nature of crashes than to drivers slowing
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    At last they've been caught out for hiding them away.

    about /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/swear.gif time
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    yeee haaaaa
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    thats my area, yippee!
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    bet they wont do it here in sunny north wales, we have the word police chief in the uk for speed cameras
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    I love it when this happens.. /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/bravo.gif

    the amount of people overbreaking by Gatsos is really dangerous..

    Kill zem, kill zem all!!
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    Sounds to good to be true. /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/frown.gif
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    Actually its bad news. The gatso, everyone knows the location of or has GPS or similar to warn them. They will be replaced by the talivan and talibike, you have no idea where they are. Don't believe the hype!
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