“You are not alone in this county in being unhappy with some of the provision of speed cameras.
Some people feel it is a form of taxation which is turning law-abiding citizens, such as yourself, into criminals. It is not a very satisfactory state of affairs.”
|Council Make April Fool of Democracy
In spite of the huge number of objections to the proposed Mounts area humps scheme, Northamptonshire County Council today announced its intention to carry on regardless. Clearly determined to waste as much council taxpayers money as possible before the financial year-end, they have ignored the will of the people to start work today, 1st April.
Residents were asked to approve of, or object to the council's plan, with 155 against but only 20 voting in favour, almost an 8 to 1 majority objecting. Many people also offered their ideas for better traffic calming schemes, all of which have been completely ignored. In fact there has been no consideration of alternatives, as council policy dictates must happen in every case.
The £45,000 calming plan centred on Military Road school will be redundant next year, when the school is moved to completely new premises, away from the area. In the 18-years of computerized records there have been no fatalities and very few injuries.
The principle objection of the campaign group Residents Against Speed Humps (RASH) is the mounting evidence that speed humps lead to more deaths through delayed ambulance response times and impaired emergency care. RASH have also identified increased vehicle noise, pollution, global warming and vehicle wear and tear as side effects of speed humps. The council has no meaningful data on any of these crucial issues.
Group spokesman, Thom Hale, said: The council's behaviour comes close to criminal negligence, wasting council taxpayers money on discredited technology. RASH will escalate its campaign to force the council to justify its actions, or bow to the will of the electorate.
"Speed cameras certainly had a major impact on Kevin's death. Driving was his life and the thought of losing his licence had ripped him apart."
"in simple cases of speeding it seems the authorities make up the law to suit themselves"
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