ROAD SAFETY groups this week hit back at the Conservative party and media over claims that speed cameras were being used to raise money for councils and the police.
Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) head of road safety Kevin Clinton dismissed the claims as 'completely spurious'.
Many cameras have already achieved major accident reductions, he said. This gives motorists the impression they now serve no real safety purpose.
Concerns about the true purpose of speed cameras has forced the Department for Transport (DfT) into demanding a review of camera locations. It wants to ensure they are sited at accident blackspots and comply with DfT regulations.
However research carried out last year by consultant PA Consulting for the DfT, shows that deaths and serious injuries have fallen by 35% where speed cameras are in place.
And Clinton said that RoSPA, local authorities and police receive a large number of requests for new speed cameras from residents seeking to improve safety.
Local authorities only recover operating costs from speeding fines enforced by cameras. The remaining cash goes to the Treasury, said Susan Beck, spokeswoman for National Safety Partnerships, which promotes alliances between local authorities, magistrates, the police and health services.