Anyone using the towns roads will have some point noticed the Road Safety Partnership enforcement vans located on various lengths of roads. There are around 20 safety camera sites in our region although road safety is not all about reducing speed. The law abiding motorists usually accepts the need for speed enforcement but not everyone welcomes some of the tactics used in operating these sites.
On Tuesday 14th August I noticed the enforcement van operating on the westbound carriageway of the Queensway. The yellow camera box was stood on a tripod facing westerly which would have been visible to motorists but the van seemed to be hidden away from view of the oncoming traffic, it was behind the railings and bushes close to the rear playing field of St. Bernadette’s school. I observed numerous motorists apply their brakes at the last second as the approached the camera. Maybe if the van had been visible too it would have been more apparent to the motorists that the enforcement team were operating there.
The picture above shows motorists heading west would only be to see the yellow box of the speed camera whilst the picture below shows what the motorists can see when travelling in the opposite direction.
The Road Safety Partnership has gone to great lengths in the past to inform the public how open & honest they are, how their vans and equipment is brightly coloured and advertise on their website & local paper where they will be however on this occasion the tactics are questionable.
Speed cameras are designed to save lives but for some drivers they're infuriating and unnecessary. One of the reasons why drivers are so against speed cameras is because they are seen as a way of raising revenue for central government, if the money raised was used to improve the roads then the drivers might not be so unhappy about the fines when caught. Drivers are also told that the cameras are there to reduce accidents and are supposed to be in accident "blackspots" but this is not always the case. If millions have been raised in fines then surely it shows the cameras are not stopping people speeding they are only there as a way of collecting money.
Do you think there are too many speed cameras already or should there be more? Do you believe cameras help to reduce accidents?
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