Fines would help pay for many speed cameras

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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

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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
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