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Speed cameras ‘not placed to catch drivers out’, says GoSafe

GoSafe speed camera Wales

GoSafe, the Welsh Road Casualty reduction partnership, has reiterated its approach that its speed cameras and enforcement vans are not placed to catch motorists out, but to improve road safety.

The partnership, which is made up of 27 equal partners including the 22 unitary authorities in Wales, four Welsh Police Forces and the Welsh Government,

It stresses that GoSafe cameras are placed where people have been killed or injured, where excessive speeds have been recorded, for special operations such as enforcing not wearing a seatbelt or at site of community concern.

A statement said: “Cameras are not hidden to catch drivers out or placed where they will record the most speeding offences.

“Cameras are there to encourage motorists to drive within the speed limit, so the most successful cameras are those which record the least number of offences, not the most.”

The sites will be selected according to collision risk and in order to maximise the compliance with the speed limit across the whole of Wales, not just where the minority think they could be detected.

This deployment strategy could mean that one enforcement site on a route will be enforcing speed, while another site focuses on mobile phone use, or both could focus on speed.

Teresa Ciano, GoSafe partnership manager, said: “We know that where there are mobile cameras present motorists comply with the speed limits and with our cameras being present on only 2% of the road network of Wales we strongly believe that our cameras should be able to extend their effectiveness across a larger section of the road network.

“There is never a need or an excuse for speeding and this new strategy is aimed at improving the compliance of the speed limits by motorists across the roads of Wales for the safety of all.”

Earlier this year, research from HPI found 1.7 million drivers exceed the speed limit on every journey they make, equating to around 5% of all motorists.



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  • Peter - 20/08/2019 12:04

    GoSafe pretending that Speed Cameras are NOT there to catch motorists out. What a load of tosh. We are fed up with "alternative facts" otherwise known as lies or miss-representation. A percentage of the fines go back to the local administration to incentivise them to catch more motorists.

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  • Andy - 20/08/2019 12:40

    I'm afraid I disagree that this is the case. I regularly see speed cameras around blind bends etc and are solely designed to catch people out. The argument is that motorists shouldn't speed, but in my experience speed cameras and traps on road with incorrect speed limits are more likely to cause accidents. There is a 30mph speed limit on a dual carriage way near to where I live in Southampton and I cannot figure out why, when a only a few miles away there are narrow country roads with a national speed limit. Where is the consistency? I do not think these should be justified due to general historic incidents, as they could well have been caused by poor driving and bare no relation to speed. If speed is such an issue, why not introduce average speed cameras on these roads? Unfortunately, this will not raise the standard of driving on our roads and this is the bigger concern for me!

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  • Bianca Castafiore - 23/08/2019 15:48

    Speed cameras - I live on the Staffordshire/West Midlands border and find it incredible that we have major roads such as the A5 with fairly regular warning signs stating 'Speed cameras in operation' or similar when there aren't any in that area, yet when one of the fixed roadside cameras in the village isn't working, it gets covered with labels stating 'Camera out of action'. Why? It's crazy!

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