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Another fine mess


Having read the report (NCE last week) that new digital speed cameras in operation on Nottingham's ring road have not only reduced the average speed by 5mph but also reduced accidents by more than half, it would appear that they are a success.

However, it was interesting to note that the council was also failing to recoup the cost of the cameras' installation and running costs because drivers were complying en masse with the speed limits and so fines income was down.

If the council expected that drivers would ignore the speed control measures and so create a substantial fine income, then surely it was using the wrong method of deterrent. The aim of introducing cameras is to make the travelling public keep to the speed limits, which means no income from fines should be expected.

Of course, if it is more interested in earning revenue than trying to reduce accidents, perhaps it will ditch the new hitech cameras and revert to more ineffective methods of speed control.

Alan Bennett (M), 11 Cambrian Road, Moreton, Merseyside

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