More evidence speed cameras don’t work

! This post hasn't been updated in over a year. A lot can change in a year including my opinion and the amount of naughty words I use. There's a good chance that there's something in what's written below that someone will find objectionable. That's fine, if I tried to please everybody all of the time then I'd be a Lib Dem (remember them?) and I'm certainly not one of those. The point is, I'm not the kind of person to try and alter history in case I said something in the past that someone can use against me in the future but just remember that the person I was then isn't the person I am now nor the person I'll be in a year's time.

A week ago West Mercia Speed Camera Partnership announced that they had bought a speed camera bike because people slow down for cameras and then speed up after they’ve gone past them.  This was clear evidence that speed cameras generally catch people who are paying more attention to driving than their speedo rather than people who actually drive dangerously.

Now it emerges that only 5% of accidents have exceeding the speed limit as a contributing factor.

What is needed is less speed cameras taking pictures of people who are speeding and more police on the roads prosecuting people who are driving badly.  Speeding isn’t dangerous, inappropriate speed and poor driving is the problem.  A speed camera can’t make that judgement but a trained and experienced police officer can.

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