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Camera convictions fail safety

30 April 2004

More money should be spent employing traffic police to fight car crime and target dangerous drivers, according to the RAC Foundation.

Speed cameras not the answer, says RAC

More money should be spent employing traffic police to fight car crime and target dangerous drivers, according to the RAC Foundation. Extra revenue should also be used to improve road safety by tackling dangerous junctions and other stretches of road.

Latest figures from the Home Office show a 40% rise in the number of motorists convicted on evidence from cameras to a total of 1.5m. In all, 94% of the offences were for speeding and the remainder for driving through red traffic lights.

The RAC Foundation believes the increasing reliance on cameras for prosecutions is allowing criminals to get away with serious motoring offences and other crimes.

Edmund King, executive director of the RAC Foundation, said: ‘These figures show that we need a new approach to tackle road safety. Sending out millions of fines and penalty points does not necessarily improve road safety.’

The Foundation is campaigning for speed awareness courses to replace a fine and penalty points. In Lancashire, 25,000 motorists have already attended such a course, which costs £85.

The motoring organisation is also calling for people to drive more slowly and carefully on the Continent this year. France and Spain are clamping down on speeding tourists and the UK Government is in talks with its neighbours to consider banning drivers disqualified on European roads.

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