Speed cameras in Thurrock are to be switched on four years after they were turned off

Speed cameras in Thurrock will be switched back on

Speed cameras in Thurrock will be switched back on

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SPEED cameras in Thurrock will be switched back on.

The council has agreed to rejoin the Essex Safety Camera Working Group, which will see cameras back on four years after they were turned off.

Chief Inspector Ben Hodder insisted they were not a “cash cow” and said the move would enable the borough to gain extra funding and resources, such as road safety experts.

He said: “This isn’t about generating revenue. If we wanted to do that, we would simply put officers with speed guns on one of the bridges on the A13 – we’d catch lots of people.

"I think rejoining the group is really good. It could lead to roads becoming much safer and improve driving standards.”

Mr Hodder added cash raised from fines went straight back into road safety schemes, such as speed awareness courses.

He also said rejoining could help tackle the cruising problem.

“We can say to the group ‘we’ve got this issue with cruisers, what can you do?’ and they might say they can provide extra funding or support, ” he said.

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12:54pm Fri 28 Mar 14

G.Fawkes says...

This would be a fantastic idea if the cash generated went into pothole repair!
This would be a fantastic idea if the cash generated went into pothole repair! G.Fawkes
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9:42am Sat 29 Mar 14

ebagumtrebor says...

There has been no increase in roads deaths reported or injuries. Speed cameras were sold to people on the basis that they would make the roads safer. Maybe simply having them there has acted as a deterrent. To say that they are not going to be switched on to raise money is rubbish. Why else then. Speed awareness courses are a waste of time, they don't work. They just wise people up on how to avoid getting caught.

I find it very insulting when people lie and think that the public are gullible enough to swallow it. Say it as it is. It's an extension of local taxation, just the same as parking tickets are.
There has been no increase in roads deaths reported or injuries. Speed cameras were sold to people on the basis that they would make the roads safer. Maybe simply having them there has acted as a deterrent. To say that they are not going to be switched on to raise money is rubbish. Why else then. Speed awareness courses are a waste of time, they don't work. They just wise people up on how to avoid getting caught. I find it very insulting when people lie and think that the public are gullible enough to swallow it. Say it as it is. It's an extension of local taxation, just the same as parking tickets are. ebagumtrebor
  • Score: 8

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