At last the government has confirmed that no more money will be set aside for speed scameras on all of the UK's road networks. But local authorities will still have the option to spend money on the safety kit if they feel it necessary. Mark Penning who is the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport broke the controversial news to the house of commons that there will be no more cash available for new speed cameras. The announcement received a mixed reaction, with some safety charity groups such as Brake voicing their anger by predicting more casualties on Britain's roads as a result of the announcement. Mary Williams Brakes chief exuctive said that road death is the biggest killer of young people and the move would put more lives at risk, she also said there is a substantial amount of evidence provided that cameras reduce speeds and help save lives. She also added that we have taken a step back to the dark ages if the number of speed cameras fall and new ones dont go up this will mean speeds will increase meaning more blood will be spilt on the streets, we will also get fearful communities who are not prepared to risk their lives by walking or cycling anywhere. A spokesman from the ABD said 'It's about time speed cameras were stopped as they do not make roads safer as better policing does. What we need is more police on the roads to stop people driving like idiots. Our roads would be much safer if there were more police to pull those over who are driving under the influence of drink and drugs. Personally I think if the government is to spend more money on traffic monitoring, more should be spent to catch out people with no insurance, tax and MOT. The cost of installing a Gatso speed camera is approximately £20,000, but can cost as much as £40,000 if located in a rural location, as the system requires a 240v power supply. So with over 4000 fixed cameras in place thats a cost of £160000000 and thats not mention how much it costs to maintain them. That could have been an extra 4000 police men or woman on the street to help fight crime or catch people who speed and brake the law driving recklessly.
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