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Camera confusion

Much of the correspondence in NCE about speed cameras (Letters last week) confuses two issues.

First: do we need to control speed and second: do cameras do this effectively?

On the first we can surely agree that, even if speed does not in itself cause a crash, it does make the consequences far worse. So there is a case for controlling speed and there would surely be an outcry if speed limits were abandoned.

On the second, the fundamental flaw in camera policy is the practice of marking them prominently. The message is: "Slow down here, but then do what you like."

Their effectiveness would be increased if drivers did not know where there might be a camera. If we are to have speed limits, they must apply everywhere.

MIKE KEATINGE, Highbank, Marston Road, Sherborne, Dorset DT9 4BL

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