SIR – Rant about safety cameras? (Comet letters, December 7, 2006) How naive that you think accidents only happen outside schools or hospitals...actually the opposite is the fact. Schools are typically free from speeding at the critical times of day when
SIR - Rant about safety cameras? (Comet letters, December 7, 2006) How naive that you think accidents only happen outside schools or hospitals...actually the opposite is the fact.
Schools are typically free from speeding at the critical times of day when the kids are going in and out of the premises due to congestion, double parking and the general increase of people flooding the school entrance. Consequently and thankfully most drivers slow down for those reasons. As for speeding outside hospitals, I understand that patients are encouraged to stay in the hospital once admitted and unless I am mistaken the area outside most hospitals is controlled by ambulance access points. So who is speeding outside a hospital I wonder?
As for the comment that a mobile safety camera van on dual carriageway is only there to catch you out, this is a bit lame as excuses go. Surely if you were concentrating on your driving you would have been driving within the legal speed limit anyway? Dual carriageways are not immune from casualties. In fact it may interest you to know that the A14 in Cambridgeshire is one of the most lethal roads in the country and it is a dual carriageway! So stop whingeing about getting a ticket. Stick to the limit on all roads and guess what? You will not get a ticket, oh and you might just go some way to make the roads safer for us all. Those in favour of safety cameras raise their right foot.
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SIR - I totally agree with the letter regarding the mobile speed camera which has now become a regular fixture at the north end of Grace Way (is parking on the grass verge there legal?).
Can the police tell us why it is there, and maybe provide the statistics as to why this particular piece of road is dangerous enough to warrant a camera there?
I can think of many other places in Stevenage that a camera would be better used, particularly outside schools in the morning and evening, but of course the income generated would not be so high. Safety camera it is not, revenue raiser it certainly is.