|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.