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Fines will fund huge rise in speed cameras

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ELECTRONICALLY ENFORCED speed limits could soon be imposed across large areas of the road network if a campaign by police chiefs is successful.

The Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) wants local forces to take advantage of new legislation which will allow them to plough money from speeding fines into speed monitoring equipment.

It is anticipated that all police forces will start to take advantage of this policy over the next two years.

The move bodes well for consultant Symonds, which has developed a pioneering digital speed control system christened SPECS. The system offers the ability to monitor 'speed control zones', rather than the limited 'spot' detection method currently available.

Gloucester Safer City Project is the most recent to announce the installation of SPECS, whose digital data collection permits up to 52,000 speed violations to be held per unit, compared to around 400 on existing systems.

The system has been piloted in Nottingham with encouraging results. Stewart Thompson, road safety service manager at Nottingham City Council, declared that 'the use of the SPECS system has had a dramatic effect on vehicle speeds and accidents'.

Since the introduction of SPECS in July 2000, the number of serious road accidents in the controlled zone has dropped by 52%.

Successful trials over roadworks on the M1 and M5 have led to an endorsement from ACPO.

The speed control scheme aims to prevent the growing trend of drivers decelerating only for the crucial few yards before the camera, then speeding off once clear.

www. speedcheck. co. uk

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