Autocar’s Talking Sense on Speed campaign is on the verge of a huge breakthrough.
Speed cameras’ biggest supporter, chief constable Richard Brunstrom, admitted the need for a national training scheme to replace the automatic points and fines handed out to drivers caught speeding.
Brunstrom, chairman of the Association of Chief Police Officers’ road policing committee, has long advocated the increased use of speed cameras as a road safety tool, but finally appears to have faced up to their shortcomings.
‘At present, speed cameras are very black and white,’ said Brunstrom in an interview with Police magazine. ‘Either nothing happens or you get three points and a fine. We obviously need a national scheme that will give drivers who are caught for the first time the option of a formal warning and retraining.’
Our campaign, conducted in conjunction with the RAC Foundation, has been calling for an end to the ‘one-trick’ approach to road safety that relies on speed cameras and fines instead of a process of education to improve driver behaviour.