Speeding tickets withdrawn after Cumbrian camera does not have annual check
Last updated at 12:37, Tuesday, 06 March 2012
More than 50 Cumbrian motorists who were told they would be fined for speeding have had their penalty notices withdrawn – because the camera which snapped them didn’t have its annual check.
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my friends and family avoid cumbria for caravan holidays and days out like the plague as the camera vans are too sneakily placed. maybe this is why cumbria has less and less visitors each year.
I think that anything that can 'calm' traffic down and slow it down - especially where people live has to be a good thing. 20's
plenty where people live.
I came across the following earlier today on the Cumbria Safety Cameras website:'Cumbria Safety Cameras Operational StrategyIn 2003 the project started by monitoring 50 hotspots in the county that were identified by analysis of killed and serious injury clusters that matched corresponding locations where excessive speed had been recorded. The hotspots were monitored by a small fleet of safety camera vans and operated by the technicians on a scheduled basis.In 2005 the county saw the two year roll-out of 12 static cameras at six sites at Salthouse Road, Barrow, the A591 at Ings, the A590 at Millside, the A595 at Howgate, the A65 at Kirkby Lonsdale and the A69 at Low Row.With the ending of DfT control in 2007, Cumbria Safety Cameras introduced Random Road Watch, a route-based, operate-anywhere strategy which increased the number of sites monitored by the mobile cameras to more than 200. As a result of this killed or serious injury casualties were substantially reduced and the county came in under the Government's 2010 target three years early and in line with a predicted 35% drop in fatalities. Random Road Watch did away with the publication of site locations and the schedule of where the vans would be operating.'There is then a link to the 200 odd sites they monitor, and then it continues:'In 2008 Cumbria recorded its lowest number of fatalities for more than 20 years â 29 deaths â and in 2009 that total was further cut to 24 deaths. In both years the county saw reductions in serious and slight injury casualties.The theory behind Random Road Watch is that by not notifying drivers of where the vans will be operating and increasing the number of sites there is an uncertainty factor which leads to greater compliance with speed limits, lower speeds and fewer collisions.'