7 January 2004

Britain's top traffic cop has publicly backed the speed awareness courses called for by Autocar and the RAC Foundation's Talking Sense on Speed campaign.

Chief constable Richard Brunstrom, head of road policing at the Association of Chief Police Officers, agreed that speeding drivers should be offered education rather than be punished with three points and a £60 fine.

However, Brunstrom told the Commons Transport Select Committee that more speed cameras must be erected at non-accident blackspots if the Government wanted to reduce road casualties further. Currently, they can only be erected at known blackspots.

'The guidelines are going to have to be loosened,' he told the committee. 'As we eliminate crash hotspots, we are going to have to look elsewhere to reduce casualties.'

Brunstrom also warned that the threshold on Britain's cameras should be lowered; many Gatsos are programmed to trigger at 35mph in a 30mph zone, but he said drivers should be prosecuted if they were caught at just 33mph.

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