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Despite Government pledges to the contrary, and despite massive cutbacks in road safety funding, motorists are still having to contend with thousands of speed camera sites!
In fact, according to statistics gathered by the RAC Foundation, there are actually more fixed speed camera sites in England now than there were under Labour in 2010.
Though the number of cameras that actually take pictures has fallen from 529 in 2010 to 487 in 2012, the RAC data shows that there were 3,026 fixed speed camera housings in 2012 compared with 3,039 in 2010.
RAC Foundation director Professor Stephen Glaister said: “Many people believe there has been a mass switch-off of cameras over the past couple of years. But the data shows that overall this is simply not true.
“Our best evidence is that if all speed cameras were turned off around 80 more people would be killed on the roads each year with 700 others seriously injured. Therefore we welcome these figures which suggest the majority of fixed cameras have been retained and housings are being kept in place to act as a deterrent.”
In contrast, the Association of British Drivers said the speed camera figures were “surprising and disgraceful.”
A spokesman added: “The Government has reneged on its promise to end the war on the motorist. This obsession with speed cameras is continuing apace. Councils and police are continuing to put all their emphasis on one thing.”No Comments