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Quick question

The Driver's Alliance is a lobby group wanting 'Freedom of the Roads' (Letters last week).

While I am sure that some of their aims such as more spending of motorist's taxes on the roads are laudable, Peter Robert's comments on speed cameras are not the full story.

In my day job with a London borough, I work with the local safety camera partnership on new camera sites on our borough roads and in London at least, new cameras are a very rare thing.

They are very much a last resort and only deployed at the very worst collision locations. Recent research has confirmed that this approach does work and keeps these areas safer for all road users.

If you are caught speeding or jumping a red light, I really fail to see where there is a defence. I do agree that more traffic police are needed to deal with poor and dangerous driving, but if some of the fines from cameras were to be channelled directly into traffic policing, I cannot see that anyone would be in a position to argue. If you drive within the law, you will not be caught by a camera!

MARK PHILPOTTS (M) mark.philpotts@ntlworld.com

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