Speed camera sites increase since 2010

...despite coalition government's pledge to 'end the war on the motorist'

ACCORDING to data collected by the RAC Foundation the number of speed cameras on British roads has increased since 2010, despite funding cuts.

The figures were compiled after the RAC filed Freedom of Information requests to the 32 administrative bodies. The study revealed that in two years there has been an increase in fixed camera sites, rising from 2,188 to 2,331.

However, the cameras are seemingly there to discourage speeders as the number that are taking pictures has dropped to 487 from 529. Director of the RAC Foundation, Professor Stephen Glaister welcomed the figures: “Many people believe there has been a mass switch-off of cameras over the past couple of years. But the data shows that overall this is simply not true.

“The RAC Foundation’s best evidence is that if all speed cameras were turned off around 80 more people would be killed on the roads each year with 700 others seriously injured.

“Therefore we welcome these figures which suggest the majority of fixed cameras have been retained and housings are being kept in place to act as a deterrent."

Professor Glaister said the foundation had concerns for funding. He said: "There is a lack of money for all aspects of road safety and we urge councillors to allocate adequate budgets to protect people on the roads by whatever means is appropriate."

In 2010 Transport Secretary Philip Hammond pledged to 'end the war on the motorist' by halting the rise in speed cameras by scrapping public funding for more fixed-position speed cameras.

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