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Speed Camera Law & Development February 2004

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Please note that we only deal with personal injury compensation
claims and we do not provide advice on speeding offences.

February 2004 Speed Cameras have now gone too far. The Police Chief who was responsible for introducing speed cameras to Britain has admitted that they have gone too far. He believes that the policy alienating millions of motorists while hardened criminals go free.  He has called for a halt in the growth of cameras before lasting damage is done. Car accident lawyer specialists have also doubt as to whether or not the incidence of injuries has been reduced as a result of speed cameras.

Cameras Have Turned The Public Against Police. A Chief Constable has admitted that speed cameras have turned the public against police; he blamed cameras for wrecking his forces relationship with drivers. He claimed the biggest mistake was the arrangement which allows the "Speed Camera Partnerships" to keep some of the cash received in fines to plough back into the system. He believes it will now be impossible to convince the public that cameras are anything other than a cash cow for the Government, raking in  funds for cash-strapped forces. He backed cameras when they were first introduced but now says the ability of modern cameras to churn out hundreds of tickets in the space of a few hours has changed the public mood for the worse.

Civilian Safety Camera Operators Being Recruited. A police force is hiring an army of civilians to lay more traps for unsuspecting motorists but they will have to catch enough drivers to cover their salaries.
The rules dictate that all camera costs are met by revenue from fines so if targets are not met the new operators could lose their jobs.
An ex car accident lawyer Member of Parliament has complained that there are now so many electronic speed traps that police can no longer cope and they are recruiting an army of civilians to deal with the paperwork and give evidence in court against alleged offenders.

Howard in Pledge to Axe The Cash Cameras. Tory Leader Michael Howard has pledged to rip out all the cameras that are simply raising cash, not saving lives.
"In a Conservative Government there would not be a single speed camera in place just to raise money. If a camera is not contributing to road safety it will be taken down" Mr. Howard told an AA awards dinner at London's Savoy hotel.

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