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omits
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 23, 2012 9:03 am    Post subject: What's the fuss about Speed Cameras? Reply with quote

Why is it a challenge to know where the cameras are? Average speeds are lower than average speed limits for most routes in the UK I've found. So there's no reason to speed. I frequently get drivers pass me when I'm doing 55mph (60 limit) only to catch them up 1 mile down the road.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 23, 2012 10:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's not a challenge, but it's nice to be warned for 1 of 2 reasons:

1) It serves as a reminder to the current speed limit (many roads have seemingly random speed limits - big, wide open roads that are 30 (but feel like a 40) contrasted with thin roads lines with houses a few yards away that are at 40 (but feel more like they should be a 30 or even a 20).

2) Speed cameras are only put in places where there is a history of accidents and fatalities - getting a warning for a speed camera is also a warning for paying extra care at that spot because the pedestrians have a habit of jumping into the road etc.

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 23, 2012 4:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

MaFt wrote:
It's not a challenge, but it's nice to be warned for 1 of 2 reasons:

1) It serves as a reminder to the current speed limit (many roads have seemingly random speed limits - big, wide open roads that are 30 (but feel like a 40) contrasted with thin roads lines with houses a few yards away that are at 40 (but feel more like they should be a 30 or even a 20).

2) Speed cameras are only put in places where there is a history of accidents and fatalities - getting a warning for a speed camera is also a warning for paying extra care at that spot because the pedestrians have a habit of jumping into the road etc.

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1) Agreed

2) Not so sure your reasons correct, although it is the official line
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 23, 2012 4:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

sameday wrote:
2) Not so sure your reasons correct, although it is the official line

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 23, 2012 7:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for that, I must have been in a negative mood at the time!
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 23, 2012 8:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

omits wrote:
Thanks for that, I must have been in a negative mood at the time!

With a name like omits, how could you?
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 23, 2012 9:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ha, ha. That actually stands for "Old Man In The South". I only realised after some time it also reflects my failing memory!
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 23, 2012 9:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

omits wrote:
Ha, ha. That actually stands for "Old Man In The South". I only realised after some time it also reflects my failing memory!
Correction, should read "Old Man In the Southernersoftypantssouth".
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 23, 2012 11:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

And MONG stands for miserable old northern git. Leave us Southernersoftypants alone. Still, Keynsham is not exactly a rufty tufty northern place to live, is it, unless your initials are HB Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 24, 2012 7:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Doing 30mph in a modern insulated car is nothing like the cars of old.

It's so easy to stray over 30, so a gentle reminder that there is a camera ahead does remind you to check your speed.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 24, 2012 8:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Now, now DennisN don't be silly!
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