Southampton's new cash machine.
This is a Truvelo speed camera on Northam Bridge. This straight section of dual carriageway cannot possibly be an accident blackspot so the camera is totally unjustified. The camera has clearly been placed where drivers attention will be distracted by the advertising sign, which is illuminated at night. The skid marks on the road are from an accident that happened because of the camera — before it had even been switched on.
Our question to Hants Safety Camera Partnership: If this is an accident blackspot, why is there an advertising sign that distracts drivers attention from the road?
"Our speed cameras and mobile units and routes are clearly marked and visible."
Here is an example of one of their 'clearly visible' speed camera vans on the A30 at Blackwater near Camberley:
What do you mean you can't see it?
Now you see him! Too late. Parked on the pavement behind other vehicles, hidden by general sign clutter, and clearly positioned so as to indulge in petty enforcement of the 30mph limit as it changes to a 40mph limit.
A few yards further back, by the cycle sign in the first photo, is a car park in front of some shops that was empty on the Sunday when this photo was taken. Here the van would have been visible, so why did they choose to hide?
Not only have they failed to do anything about vehicles parked so as to totally obstruct the pavement, they're obstructing the pavement themselves.
|Source: National Statistics — Road Casualties in Great Britain|
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