Fines would help pay for many speed cameras

.

.

First published in Letters

VERY often on St Giles, in Oxford, at least seven fully uniformed traffic police are visible, filming drivers as they break the 20mph speed limit. A couple of traffic wardens or speed cameras could do the same job for less cost.

Go to the opposite extreme and you will find no police anywhere when traffic is breaking speed limits on the A34 every day, resulting in inevitable accidents which cost the economy billions every year.

Oxford Mail:

Oxford Road safety enforcement officer PC Mark Pilling records the speed of drivers moving along St Giles

The cost of installing speed cameras which work, for example on the Curbridge Road, the A34 or any other speeding hot spot would be recouped in fines without the police being involved at all.

Ultimately, PCSOs, traffic wardens and parking attendants should be given the power to book and fine all the vehicles parked on Britain’s roads with no current road tax and therefore no valid insurance. The fines imposed would pay for thousands of speed cameras to be installed all over the country.

PAUL EVERETT

Crescent Road

Oxford

Today’s letters

Time and money being wasted on pipe dreams

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

11:00am Thursday 23rd October 2014

The county councillors have been dreaming of monorails, trams and now a tunnel to ease congestion, and they have brought Oxford to its knees by doing all the road works at once. So why waste time and money dreaming of schemes which are only pipedreams?

City centre size is part of the main problem

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

11:00am Thursday 23rd October 2014

Oxford is a city in distress. We have very major traffic problems at the moment and an underlying problem with our sewage system.

I don't think group has misinterpreted plans

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

11:00am Thursday 23rd October 2014

I was concerned to read Martin Rose’s letter accusing West Way Community Concern of misrepresenting the size of Doric’s proposed development at West Way, Botley – ‘Surely numbers cannot represent community?, October 16’.

Join our march against inhumane badger cull

Oxford Mail: Nurse got me through some difficult times

11:00am Thursday 23rd October 2014

It seems that the second badger cull in Gloucestershire and Somerset, like the first one, has failed to meet the targets set. This means that it is more likely to have led to the ‘perturbation effect’, where stressed badgers disperse and flee the cull zone.

A possible solution to where a tunnel could be built in Oxford

Oxford Mail:

11:00am Thursday 23rd October 2014

It was with some disbelief that I read that Ian Hudspeth was suggesting a tunnel under Oxford’s High Street to relieve the city centre of traffic congestion because I can’t imagine that such a proposal would be taken seriously.

Failure to recognise problems until now

5:27pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

am very pleased that Thames Water Utilities has agreed to undertake a full catchment study of the Oxford sewerage system which will lead to improvements.


Want to give your opinion? Email letters@oxfordmail.co.uk

Comments (1)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

1:35pm Fri 18 Jul 14

Oxford Spires says...

As an ex police officer it is important to understand that on operations like this, it is important to have enough fully uniformed officers to stop safely potentially so many vehicles in a short period. Some drivers may not be observing the 20mph speed limit in force, others may not been driving in accordance with the law, for example Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) camera checks for no insurance, no road tax, no MOT moreover driving whilst not wearing a seat belt, driving whilst being on a mobile phone, vehicles known to police for various other crimes previously, some involving drugs and vehicles that other police forces have given knowledge to TVP that they are known criminals operating in the south east. Therefore it is not a waste of police resources when you bear all this in mind. Whilst not observing the speed limit is just one aspect of operations, and we know all too often casualties involving cyclists and the like, it is important other factors are considered too. And TVP do give the Oxford Mail feedback on how many vehicles were stopped and why they were reported for such offences.
As an ex police officer it is important to understand that on operations like this, it is important to have enough fully uniformed officers to stop safely potentially so many vehicles in a short period. Some drivers may not be observing the 20mph speed limit in force, others may not been driving in accordance with the law, for example Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) camera checks for no insurance, no road tax, no MOT moreover driving whilst not wearing a seat belt, driving whilst being on a mobile phone, vehicles known to police for various other crimes previously, some involving drugs and vehicles that other police forces have given knowledge to TVP that they are known criminals operating in the south east. Therefore it is not a waste of police resources when you bear all this in mind. Whilst not observing the speed limit is just one aspect of operations, and we know all too often casualties involving cyclists and the like, it is important other factors are considered too. And TVP do give the Oxford Mail feedback on how many vehicles were stopped and why they were reported for such offences. Oxford Spires
  • Score: 0

Comments are closed on this article.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree