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Speed Camera Law & Development 2001 - 2002

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.

August 2001 High Visibility Cameras.  At least two Chief Constables have said that they will ensure that their cameras are highly visible and one plans to keep the public informed where the cameras are sited. They will provide a map for the media and publish details of accident black spots where mobile cameras will be erected. Lawyers are generally sceptical about the effect this will have on car accident injury claim statistics.

Trigger speed to be lowered. The settings at which cameras fire is likely to be lowered resulting in drivers being prosecuted for driving just 5 mph over the limit in a 30 mph zone, 46 mph will trigger the camera in a 40 mph area and driving at 68 mph where the limit is 60 will lead to fines and penalty points. Motorways won't escape either, the trigger speed there is likely to be 79 mph.

Speed Camera Report Published. Minister for Transport John Spellar announced today that the scheme for funding safety cameras is to be extended nationally. Four more Police / Local Authority / Magistrates partnerships have been given the go ahead to invest some of the money from fines in new safety measures and cameras. The new areas joining the scheme are Derbyshire, Lancashire, North Wales and Staffordshire. Tough new rules will force partnerships to prioritize camera sites and have quantified evidence that those sites have the greatest casualty problems. The cameras will need to be well signed and highly visible with their location published in local papers, local radio and on web sites.

April 2002 Ten more Partnerships Ten more constabulories now have joined the National Safety Camera Initiative Scheme.
It has now been proved that electronic warning signs are more effective in reducing the number of car accident injury claim settlements.
May 2002 Hundreds of Speed Cameras to be Scrapped. New government guidelines have stated that cameras must only be sited at accident black spots and not where they can trap most drivers. The organizations operating them must not hide them behind trees or road signs and there must be clear advance warning , giving drivers time to slow down. They will only be able to site cameras where four people have been killed or seriously injured or there have been eight 'personal injury' accidents in the previous three years. Any of the existing cameras that do not meet the new guidelines must be removed within six months.

LEGAL HELPLINE: ☎ 0844 414 1982

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