Hot Topic: Switching on Somerset's speed cameras
PUBLISHED: 13:00 30 June 2013
SPEEDING and roadside cameras have been major topics of discussion this week after a top police officer wrote to local authorities asking them to switch the devices back on.
Avon and Somerset Constabulary’s chief constable Nick Gargan wrote to councils in the area offering to help them reactivate cameras switched off in 2011.
Members of Wedmore Parish Council discussed putting flashing speed notification signs in the village to help tackle speeding drivers at a meeting held last week.
Several villages across the district operated their own hand-held speed monitoring kit, too. But the idea of reinstating fixed speed cameras around the area has provoked discussion among Mercury readers with many stating cameras do not work, and instead calling for police officers to do more on the ground.
■ “I think they are another way to rip the poor motorist off. I was supposedly caught on one in Bristol but actually contested it and it wasn’t me it was a van using my number plate which had been stolen a few days before.” – Teresa Lewin.
■ “Yes why not, only those who speed will get caught!” - Ian Dudley.
■ “Don’t speed. You then have nothing to worry about. It’s not difficult. Honestly.” - Ian Jelf.
■ “Best speed detectors are the police on the ground. Cameras are just cash revenue raisers. Cameras only work within the fixed location where as police out and about could catch you anywhere!” - John Chase.
■ “It was on Top Gear that the results stay around the same when the cameras were off compared to being on.” - Paul Fynn.
■ “Well all those against speed cameras should have their licences endorsed with three penalty points, second thoughts six penalty points because I’ve just made you speeders angry and now you’re going to speed more.” - Steve Withers.
■ “People will speed in areas with no cameras! Doesn’t make a difference to be honest.” – Louise Stephen.