A traffic lawyer has criticised “greedy councils and lazy police forces” for corrupting the original reason for introducing speed cameras to reduce road accidents.
On the 25th anniversary of the introduction of the Gatso speed camera, solicitor Nick Freeman said their primary purpose was now purely as revenue generating machines.
He said: “A quarter of a century ago, speed cameras were introduced as a noble cause to reduce accidents at notorious black spots.
“However, they were soon hijacked by greedy councils who quickly appreciated their true worth, namely the ability to raise huge sums of money from the unsuspecting motorist.
“Over the past 25 years we have witnessed them being unravelled the length and breadth of the county.
“While it is commendable to make our roads safer and reduce accidents, this should never be at the expense or alternative to trained police officers, in marked cars, patrolling our roads.
“This reliance on robotical policing by static cameras has resulted in a litany of other driving offences, such as drink and drug driving and the illegal use of mobile phones, going largely undetected by absent police officers.
“The truth is police forces and local authorities have sold their soul for money.”