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    Speed Camera Ban: Swindon

    Big BenSwindon is the first town in the UK to ban the use of speed cameras. According to the Times Online, it was a unanimous vote by the Conservative run council to remove the cameras claiming that the money would be spent on alternative speed reducing measures. Concerns have been raised over the experimentation with people's lives by safety campaigners, academics, politicians and the local police. The council have said that they want to scrap the cameras because they are forced to pay for the upkeep while the Government collected the revenue from the speeding fines. The Department for Transport generates a whopping £104 million per year and gives councils £110 million to pay for their own road safety measures. This figure is divided by councils according to the statistics on the amount of accidents leaving some councils with far more money than others.The councilor for highways in Swindon, Peter Greenhalgh has led the campaign to remove speed cameras labelling them a 'blatant tax on motorists' and soon after was hailed a hero on Top Gear. There are only 8 fixed point cameras - 6 speed cameras and 2 red light cameras. Mr Greenhalgh claimed that 70 people were killed in 2007/08 on the streets of Swindon which proved that the use of speed cameras had not made the roads any safer.When the cameras are taken down in 6 months time, new road safety measures will be considered by the council including educating and training motorists, better street lighting and to reduce speed limits in problem areas. Police will also continue to use mobile speed-measuring devices.What are your views on the use of speed cameras? Do you think they make the roads safer? Another article in the Times Online suggests that clusters of Average Speed Check cameras are going to be installed all across the country. In my personal experience this is a much better way in getting traffic to flow smoothly. As I drive along the M4 there is an average speed check where drivers are made to drive at 50mph from entry to exit point. This made traffic flow much smoother as people who didn't obey the law received a surprise ticket through their door.This technology is due to be approved by the end of January. As it has been proven, on the M1 the number of accidents have halved after average speed cameras were introduced between junctions 6a and 10, and on the M4 between junctions 10 and 12 only issue 1 ticket per 10,000 drivers. So perhaps this is the solution for Swindon.Send us your thoughts.

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