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UK Speed camera sites chosen for revenue raising!


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According to the Auto express UK https://www.autoexpress.co.uk/news/...letter&utm_medium=email&utm_source=newsletter

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The locations for speed cameras are chosen because they are likely to generate significant revenue from fines, rather than because they are accident hotspots that would benefit from increased monitoring, according to a new report from a police watchdog.

An investigation into roads policing by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS) says its inspectors were told speed traps are sometimes set up because the locations are “good hunting grounds” for speeders, rather than for safety reasons. The report adds: “In some cases, we found that the rationale for the deployment of camera enforcement technology was open to the suspicion that it supported a self-serving approach to raising revenue.

The report gives further evidence that cashflow, rather than traffic safety, can be a priority for siting cameras in its explanation of how mobile locations are chosen. Rather than being managed exclusively by police officers, speed traps are often run by Safety Camera Partnerships, multi-agency groups comprised of organisations including local councils and Highways England, and operated in conjunction with police.
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I noticed while visiting the UK late last year, that Municipal Councils were heavily involved in issueing penalty notices. and according to the tradies, it is all about money, so maybe they were right (if this report is correct)

Here of course in Australia, the police insist site selection is evidence based, on complaints and collisions .. so safety.



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Yeah sure, like on Canterbury Rd a straight wide section setting up a camera car just over the crest of a slight hill. Must be working since there haven't been any accidents there for many years - if ever.
Same on station street Box Hill.


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What the police say about road safety, and what is actually done are different things. Radar, except possibly at some red light crash locations, is really about the treasury.

Heaven help any citizen who puts up a private police hiding ahead sign, or flashes his lights. The same goes for radar detectors. Anyone with faith in the Minister or Commissioner might think these speed reducers are doing good.


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Many years ago just south of Taree kids standing on side of road with a sign "radar ahead" and sure enough there they were;a half mile further kids with sign "worth 2 bob" that's what i call private enterprise.

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