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Public inconvenience


I was appalled to read in NCE (20 June) that the President of the ICE, Mark Whitby, was publicly backing the call for speed cameras to be made less visible.

Mr Whitby is perfectly entitled to his personal views, but he has no business committing the Institution to a matter that has little or nothing to do with engineering and everything to do with the personal freedom of motorists.

Speed cameras may have a place in some areas, providing they are easily visible as a deterrent, but never as a trap.

Speed may be technically an offence, but it is only a crime when it is done carelessly or dangerously. Hidden cameras that cannot assess fault are more likely to cause injustice than reduce accidents.

A Peter Smith, Wychwood, 17 The Fairway, Oadby, Leicester LE2 2HN

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