|London, 31 Oct 2006.
For immediate release.
"Statistics adopted by certain forces show a woolly area regarding the proximity of speed cameras, some statistics are taken from an area 20 metres from a camera and others from a two-kilometre radius. The speed camera issue is not a point of principle, it is a fact that they are pointless."ABD Director of Policy, Mark McArthur-Christie remarked:
"There is a literally fatal flaw in camera policy, and it is the simplistic flaw that equates legality with safety. This is equivalent to closing every hospital down and replacing it with a machine on the high street that just dispenses aspirin, no matter what the illness."In spite of this overwhelming evidence showing that speed cameras are failing to improve road safety, the Committee have released the Report 'Roads Policing and Technology: Getting the Right Balance' calling for more speed cameras with relaxed placement rules, as well as more traffic police officers.
"Yes, we need more traffic police, but we need to balance that with putting an end to speed cameras. Not only have they given no safety benefits, but we do not know what dangerous side-effects they have. The government badly needs to get the nation's road safety strategy back on track in terms of lives saved. That means recognising that hard-line enforcement of speed limits is not — and never has been — a useful road safety policy."