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PUT SPEED CAMERA REVUNUE INTO ROAD SAFETY, GOVERNMENT URGED

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The government's integrated transport commission says revenue raised from ...
The government's integrated transport commission says revenue raised from

speed cameras should go entirely into road safety measures, BBC Radio Four's

Today programme reported this morning.

At present the bulk of this revenue goes to pay for more speed cameras,

commission chairman Professor David Begg told the programme. 'My commission

is recommending that all of that money should go back into road safety, not

just cameras but also more traffic police,' he said. This would gain more

public support for the cameras, he said.

Shadow transport secretary Damian Green raised the allegation that cameras

are positioned to maximise the number of fines, rather than to prevent

accidents. 'We need is a nationwide independent audit of the number and

positioning of the speed cameras, because it's certainly true that drivers

are now very suspicious that these cameras are being used just to raise

money,' he said.

The local authority / police partnerships which instal speed cameras must be

more open, Mr Green said. 'It's like pulling teeth to get information and

accounts out of these local partnerships', he said. 'One of the things I

most object to is that they are setting targets for the number of

prosecutions of motorists rather than direct road safety targets.'

But transport secretary Alistair Darling denied cameras were being used to

raise revenue. 'The best speed camera is one which gets people to slow down,

therefore there are no fines,' he told Today. 'I understand people's concern

about this and we've got to make sure we get the balance right. We don't

want people's money, we want to save lives.'

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