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    Quentin Walker wrote:
    HomerSimpsonDoh wrote:
    For all you lot that keeps banging on it's the law, what if a law came in that said you could not leave your house after 7.00pm, would you obey it?? No, because it's not just, and the same with this 50mph road.
    OK, if as you say, it's not a just law. What have you done about it?

    Hopefully, rather than just contributing to the debate on this site, you will also have contacted your MP and local councillor.
    Nothing would happen. The people living near that stretch of the A34 would assert their unique victimhood and explain how they'd come down with PTSD in droves if the limit were rationalised and the Council would disappear back under the sideboard leaving the usual snail trail.
    However, if you'd care to beg your MP to ask a FOI question about whether those convicted of death by careless/dangerous have a statistically significantly higher number of camera points than Mr Average Motorist we might begin to see through the fog of obfuscation that has grown up about them since their imposition became a career choice.
    The good news for the uninsured career criminal is that the number of police cars is now so tiny, what with the police having to spend all their money on important stuff like whether someone was "inappropriately touched" 50 years ago, or whether someone listened in on Dave's silent phone calls to Angela, that the chance of their being stopped and the drugs/stolen gear/escaped lifers being caught is infinitesimally small."
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Speed camera catches 7,138 drivers in a year

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First published in News

A SPEED camera on the A34 near Oxford caught the fourth highest number of speeding drivers in the UK last year, bringing in £126,640 in fines.

Figures released on Friday by insurance company LV, after a Freedom of Information request to Thames Valley Police, reveal the camera on the southbound carriageway close to Wytham stopped 7,138 motorists, who were fined £60 each.

Only three cameras in Greater Manchester, London and Staffordshire caught more drivers.

Ted Dewan, 53, a road safety campaigner from Summertown, said roads such as the A34 are designed in a way that encourages drivers to speed.

He said: “The roads were built with higher speeds in mind than today’s limits.

“They’re wide open roads and it’s easy for drivers to switch to autopilot and drive faster than the speed limit.

Speed cameras don’t actually slow people down. I’d much rather see a system like they have in France where silhouettes in the shape of people are placed at sites where there have been fatal crashes. That would make people think and slow down.”

Liberal Democrat city and county councillor Jean Fooks said it was too tempting for drivers to break the speed limit and more should be done to clamp down on speeding on all roads.

But Hugh Bladon, founder member and treasurer of the Alliance of British Drivers, said the number of people caught on the A34 did not necessarily mean the road was hazardous or people were driving dangerously.

He said: “If a camera has caught over 7,000 people in one year it suggests the speed limit on the road has not been set correctly.”

A total of 161,915 drivers were issued with speeding tickets by Thames Valley Police last year, up from 160,181 in 2012.

There were 61,972 tickets issued between the start of this year and June 18.

Thames Valley Police spokesman Rhianne Pope said: “We are committed to reducing road deaths and casualties and speed camera enforcement is one tool we use to address this. The speed cameras are there for a reason. If you stick to the limit you won’t get caught.”

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