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Speed Camera Law & Development March 2004

LEGAL HELPLINE: ☎ 0844 414 1982

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

March 2004 Surprise! All 6000 Cameras Are There To Save Lives. A review of 6000 cameras across England and Wales has concluded that every one is correctly positioned to save lives rather than raise money. The review was carried out buy The Department for Transport. It involved sending out a letter from The Department to each of the 35 regional  partnerships involved in the scheme asking them to verify that their cameras adhered to the guidelines. The Department confirmed that it had heard from all of them and was satisfied that the cameras were in the right places. There is public concern that this is not the case and lawyers have indicated that road traffic accident claim statistics appear to be unchanged.

Only one Police Force will not join Partnerships. All but one police force will be taking part in the camera-funding partnership by next year. Only Durham, whose chief constable is a vociferous critic will stay out.

March 2004 Some speeders may not be given points. Ministers may launch a major climb down on speed cameras in a bid to defuse mounting public anger over their use.  First time speeding offenders could be given a second chance if they are driving just over the limit.  Instead of an automatic £60 fixed penalty and three points on their licence these drivers will be given a conditional caution and offered the chance of paying up to £200 for a place on a 'Driver Improvement Scheme'. But if they are caught a second time the points will go on their licence.
Again there is doubt as to whether these arrangements will do anything change the road traffic accident claim statistics.

M25 Cameras Net £600,000 in fines Since February 2004. A string of cameras being used to enforce a 40 mph stretch through roadworks of the M25 motorway has caught 10,000 drivers since they were activated in February.  Many people think that variable speed limits should be in place and that to enforce a 40 mph limit at two o’clock in the morning is unreasonable.   This particular stretch is between junctions 12 and 14 and once that has been widened the 40 mph limit will be moved to between junctions 14 and 15.  On this occasion the £60 fixed penalty fines will go entirely into government coffers and not into police funds because it is a national motorway project.    In the case of the M25, electronic signs in the central reservation show the number of speeding offences recorded since the roadworks began. 

LEGAL HELPLINE: ☎ 0844 414 1982

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