Posts Tagged ‘Camera’

When the cameras went on again!

Posted on April 18th, 2011 by David Williams MBE

When the cameras went on again!

It has been interesting to read the many viewpoints relating to the story that Oxfordshire County Council has now decided to switch back on their safety cameras following an argument  regarding funding and after severe public protest.

Some might argue that the decision to switch them off a few months back was politically motivated to ensure funding issues were addressed.  However, what now seems very clear is that cameras have a role to play in reducing illegal speeding and in reducing death and injury on the road.

GEM Motoring Assist has always tried to avoid the opposite viewpoints about whether money should be spent on cameras or on more police officers enforcing traffic rules.  Our view has always been that we need both and indeed any other measure that will encourage safety without compromising personal and independent travel.

As a local parish councillor I have clearly seen at first hand that an on-going concern of most residents is speeding vehicles. Any method of enforcing the law of the land has to be welcomed and myths that safety cameras are only used as revenue machines have to be dismissed.

Speed Trap Flash

Posted on April 4th, 2011 by David Williams MBE

Speed Trap FlashIt was interesting to read that a Lincolnshire motorist had been found guilty of ‘wilfully obstructing a Police Officer in the execution of her duty’ by flashing his lights to oncoming motorists to warn of a speed trap ahead.

Perhaps even more worrying is that a recent survey of 4,800 motorists revealed that nearly half of them admitted to the same offence.

Given that speed limits are the law of the land I wonder if the Lincolnshire driver or those surveyed would condone say warning a would-be shoplifter or burglar that a detective was approaching.

The link between speeding motorists and road crashes is now well documented and it is difficult to justify the ‘flashing’ motorist’s actions in any way.  It is vital that all road users accept that along with the privilege of using our roads comes the responsibility of adhering to the rules.  The alternative is danger and chaos.