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PostPosted: Mon Feb 27, 2012 8:34 pm    Post subject: Councillor: Shooting Drivers Better Than Mobile SpeedCams Reply with quote

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Cambridgeshire City Council, are considering the suggestion of speed cameras as a way to enforce the 20mph limits placed on a number of their roads.

These limits are sometimes considered the hardest to enforce, with many roads using traffic slowing measures such as bollards or speed bumps to slow drivers, whilst the sporadic use of temporary cameras helps to monitor the situation.

The Council's suggestion to implement more fixed cameras is designed to offer a more permanent solution to this and is perhaps unsurprising given their recent decision to introduce more reduced speed zones throughout the area.

Enforcing the limits using temporary, hand-held cameras would detract a large number of police officers from other duties, potentially having a harmful impact on other areas of the city's safety.

In a recent meeting, Councillor George Owers claimed the police had better things to do with their time and expressed his feelings that hand-held cameras only cause drivers to slow down for a short period of time and are, therefore, largely ineffective on a long-term basis.

He said "Any police out on the road with a speed camera are all wearing bright, fluorescent jackets so drivers see them coming from a mile away" and joked that shooting drivers with a real gun would be more effective claiming that speed cameras would be more effective in the long-term.

Public opinion is also said to be behind the decision, with general reactions from locals supporting the reduced speed zones as a viable way to protect pedestrians, cyclists and motorists.

Whether you agree with initiatives like this or not, if counties such as Cambridgeshire continue to consider these options then it could well become a widespread movement throughout the country.

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 28, 2012 11:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Interesting.

Lancashire CC is introducing a 20mph speed limit in all residential areas and outside schools by the end of next year. According to the council's web site,

"Lancashire County Council Policy requires that 20mph speed limit zones be self-enforced. Traffic calming features help reduce traffic speeds sufficiently so that an average speed of 20mph is achieved."

which appears to be contradicted by this, also from the LCC web site,

"We know it's important to keep traffic moving, so the new limits will only be considered for roads that aren't busy routes which lots of people regularly use to get from A to B and will be controlled by signs, rather than with traffic calming measures such as speed humps and chicanes."

Perhaps behind each sign will be a councillor with a gun....

When I drove through Clitheroe last month the whole town seemed to be subject to a 20mph limit - is that how a 'residential area' is to be defined I wonder, by a town's boundaries?
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 28, 2012 1:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think It's A good idea as Speed Bump's damage your car even at 10mph
I also agree that Shooting some motoriest would help Laughing Out Loud
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 03, 2012 1:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I agree about the 20 mph signs and also been in morecambe lancs I can vouch that they are popping up every where.... except on my estate.

I contact the police when this started as we have thin and bendy modern streets on our estate where far from calming its a challenge to speed and near misses ( and accidents ) are common.... I'm still waiting.

The roads are also used as a cut through by small and large transport yet nothing looks like it will happen.

So while I apploude the idea lets get it right CC and do some real good..... and while your at it mark up speeds around cameras better rather than people having to guess....

/rant over

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