Speed cameras switched on again

A county’s speed cameras which were switched off last year because of cutbacks are to be switched on again, it has been announced.

Thames Valley Police said 72 fixed camera sites and 89 mobile sites in Oxfordshire will start operating again from next Friday, April 1.

They were switched off on August 1 2010 as a result of a withdrawal of funding by Oxfordshire County Council after cuts to the authority’s road safety grant.

Superintendent Rob Povey, head of roads policing for Thames Valley, said: “We think this is important because we know that speed kills and speed is dangerous.

“We have shown in Oxfordshire that speed has increased through monitoring limits and we have noticed an increase in fatalities and the number of people seriously injured in 2010. We know that speed enforcement does work as a deterrent to motorists.”

The decision to switch the cameras back on has been supported by Thames Valley Police Authority committee chairman for Oxfordshire Ian Abbott and Oxfordshire County Council cabinet member for transport, Councillor Rodney Rose.

Professor Stephen Glaister, director of the RAC Foundation, said: “Speed cameras are controversial, but work done for us suggests that nationally each year they save 800 people from being killed or seriously injured.

“Today’s decision will be welcomed by the majority of drivers who back their use. Speed cameras are certainly not the only way of saving life on the roads, but Oxfordshire County Council has recognised they are part of it. Hopefully other councils considering turning off their cameras will now rethink their positions.”

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