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FNN exclusive: Tories pledge to 'tear down' speed cameras

THE Conservative Party has launched an attack on the unfair use of speed cameras by pledging to tear down those it feels are not placed in genuine accident black spots.

Damian Green, Shadow Secretary of State for Transport today unveiled a series of proposals which, he claims, will encourage safer driving by introducing 'realistic' speed limits and cracking down on the most dangerous drivers.

He said: 'We think responsible drivers have been badly hit by this Government and we want to make driving less of a misery.

'What we are proposing today is a series of common sense, practical measures which will get the Government off the back of the sensible driver and restore confidence in the way we enforce the speed limit.'

In a series of new policies the Conservatives has announced they will:

  • Launch a review of all speed limits
  • Abolish the Safety Camera Partnerships
  • Concentrate on criminals in cars rather than on cameras
  • Clamp down on uninsured drivers and tackle anti-social behaviour
  • Audit the position of every camera location
  • Make the speed limit signs in every camera area much clearer

    Campaigning organisation Safe Speed said the pledge was a 'small step in the right direction'.

    Paul Smith, founder of the Safe Speed road safety campaign, said: 'It's great to see the Tories moving in the right direction for road safety, but it is disappointing that they are still not digging down to the fundamental principles.'

    It called for a complete review of the role of speed limits in road safety in the light of technological improvements.

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