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May 21, 2004 at 10:24 am #8810XV16Participant
Law ‘being eroded’ by speed cameras
Public hostility to speed cameras has undermined the faith of motorists in the way road laws are enforced, a police chief admitted yesterday.
Meredydd Hughes, deputy chief constable of South Yorkshire, said many drivers felt the police penalised only the law-abiding citizen who made an occasional mistake.
He suggested that confidence in road policing could be restored if speed limits were reformed, including the introduction of variable limits with a possible 80mph maximum on some motorways. In return, motorists would have to accept the new limits would be strictly enforced.
Mr Hughes, speaking at the Police Federation annual conference, said: “I want to arrive at the point where we can use available technology and look at the potential for increasing speed limits in some circumstances.”
Speed indicators in urban areas could show different limits depending on the road conditions, as used on motorways such as the M25 and M42. There would be “buffer zones” to avoid sudden drops in speed limits, and alternative penalties to fines and penalty points could be considered.
“As part of that deal the limits would be rigorously enforced,” said Mr Hughes. “I think we have lost the PR battle at this time and we shouldn’t have.”
Yes you have and no you shouldn’t have. (XV)
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HELP KEEP THIS FORUM ALIVE! PLEASE DONATE.May 21, 2004 at 10:29 am #19296AnonymousInactive
“…..said many drivers felt the police penalised only the law-abiding citizen who made an occasional mistake.”
Exactly what I think
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