Speed Cameras Across Bristol Area to be Reactivated

Speed cameras across the Bristol area will start to be switched back on from 11 February.

This marks the beginning of a road safety project that will see a total of 29 static cameras become operational again for the first time since 2011.

The cameras were switched off when Government funding was withdrawn from the joint local authority and police Safety Camera Partnership. They will be switched back on in a phased programme over the coming weeks and months. Revenue raised will be used to fund their maintenance and enforcement.

A full list of the sites can be seen here: Static Speed Cameras in Avon & Somerset

Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens said: “This is a positive move which will improve the safety of roads across Avon and Somerset. I know from speaking to people how important road safety is to them and many have been pressing to have the cameras in their communities turned back on as soon as possible. I’m pleased that I can now tell them they are back on”.

However, no accident statistics have been provided for the four year period since the cameras were deactivated, so how will any realistic “before and after” comparisons be made?

Without any supporting evidence that this activity reduces accidents, there is a great danger that the public will just regard the whole exercise as an easy cash-cow for the local Police Authority and Local Councils. If the Police were serious about safety, they’d install these cameras outside every school in the West.

A possible alternative to raise driver awareness would be to install speed-activated visual displays in “hot spot” locations but, of course, whilst they may slow down vehicles, they raise no revenue to pay for their installation, or their continuing maintenance.

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One Response to Speed Cameras Across Bristol Area to be Reactivated

  1. Adam says:

    Is this website supposed to be an impartial reporter of news and happenings in the neighbourhood, or an opinionated mouthpiece?

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