Local authority engineers were delighted that the new road safety strategy encourages greater use of speed cameras. Under 14 pilot schemes due to start in April, revenues from speeding offences will by hypothecated back to local authorities so that the money can be spent on more speed limit enforcement measures. County Surveyors Society road safety group chairman Alastair Jefford said: 'A better enforcement regime is the key point to get drivers to stay within the present speed limits. We don't have to drastically change present speed limit policy.'
The strategy document also recommends:
Setting up a road safety panel to advise the Government
Improved training of car, lorry and bus drivers plus motorcyclists
Consultation on the mandatory fitting of seat belts in all new coaches and minibuses
Home Office and DETR to carry out review of road traffic offences and penalties, including higher penalties for careless driving
Making road safety education part of the personal, social and health education curriculum in schools for the first time
Publicity campaigns to target road safety, drink and drug driving.