Report says motorists face postcode lottery for being caught speeding

Motorists face a postcode lottery when it comes to being caught for speeding, according to a new study.

London was identified as the worst area, with twice as many camera locations as the next most policed county. The study, commissioned by Roadpilot, found that Greater London has 16 per cent of the UK’s roadside speed cameras – more than Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland combined.

The West Midlands, including Birmingham, has the second-highest proportion of the country’s speed cameras with 7.4 per cent of the total, followed by West Yorkshire with 6.7 per cent, Lancashire with 5.7 per cent and Staffordshire with five per cent.

James Flynn, CEO of RoadPilot, said, “It is perhaps to be expected that London, as the UK’s largest city, would have the highest concentration of speed cameras, but the extent of the differences in number of speed cameras around the UK is very surprising.”

Data from 2009 showed that the 14,856 fixed speed cameras and mobile speed gun sites at the time were not distributed evenly across England and Wales. There were 844 in Lancashire, compared with just 29 in neighbouring North Yorkshire.

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4 August 2010

[quote Autocar]There were 844 in Lancashire, compared with just 29 in neighbouring North Yorkshire.[/quote]

And I bet there wasn't any significant difference in accident rates too! So with 29 times the number (844 / 29 = 29.1) why isn't there a huge number of accidents? Because speeding isn't the cause, yet that's the only aspect "safety" cameras can measure.

4 August 2010

If you don't speed, you don't need to worry about speed cameras.

4 August 2010

[quote shawks]

If you don't speed, you don't need to worry about speed cameras.

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I bet you're fun at parties...

4 August 2010

[quote zoomzoom]I bet you're fun at parties...[/quote]

I am and even better, I don't need to kill anyone on the way there.

4 August 2010

[quote shawks]If you don't speed, you don't need to worry about speed cameras.
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I quite see your point, but who decides what the speed limit is, and why is their opinion more valid than mine, or anyone elses? Why is there one speed limit for a whole road, regardless of bends, blind spots etc., and what conditions is the limit set for: light, dark, snow, rain or sun etc?

That`s why people hate speed cameras; they have no discretion or common sense, they just get you fined for going over an arbitrary speed. Traffic Police are much better; if they think you`re safe going a bit over the limit they won`t stop you, but they can also stop you for being dangerous even though you might be under the limit.

I am quite happy to observe the speed limit in town, that`s to protect kids and old people etc., but out on the open road your speed should depend on the conditions at the time, and thus will vary all the time, not be a constant as set by some twonk in an office.

Lanciaman

4 August 2010

[quote shawks]I am and even better, I don't need to kill anyone on the way there.[/quote]

Most people aren't homicidal maniacs and don't need to kill anyone on their way to a party either. This is what we can "normal".

4 August 2010

[quote Lanciaman]I am quite happy to observe the speed limit in town[/quote]

Unfortunately local councils are now being quite stupid about putting in 20mph limits everywhere. Even in a car park that's less than 100 yrds long they've put bumps and limit signs up!

Those working for the roads departments are working only to justify their positions; not for any other purpose.

4 August 2010

[quote shawks]I don't need to kill anyone on the way there.
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You made a completely irrelevant statement. What has killing someone on the way to a party got to do with speeding?

The comments section needs a makeover... how about a forum??

4 August 2010

[quote shawks]

[quote zoomzoom]I bet you're fun at parties...[/quote]

I am and even better, I don't need to kill anyone on the way there.

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I'm glad I go to different parties! I bet yours are very earnest.

4 August 2010

And this is a surprise?,with the volume of traffic and fast pace of business these days everybody's in a hurry to get too appointments, to deliver various items, documents, it's not going to change over night it's going to take decades for it to change.

Peter Cavellini.

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