Monday, 5 January 2009

Gatso 'increases accidents'

More people should be questioning the authorities on why they place speed cameras where they do.
They are meant to follow a strict criteria, though many do not.
So here's a Captain Gatso well done to Paul Pearson who tried to get something done about the money-maker on the M11.
Accidents have actually risen since its installation. And, surprise, surprise, the authorities have no plans to take it away.
Hmmm, that's because it's making way too much money.
Here's the story in The Sun:
ROAD safety chiefs have been slammed after a speed camera INCREASED crashes.
The number of accidents rose by a quarter and casualties almost doubled since the Gatso appeared on a motorway.
Motorists’ campaigner Paul Pearson forced authorities to release the figures under the Freedom of Information Act.
He claimed the camera, on the southbound M11 on the Essex-London border, was putting lives at risk to make money. At the spot, between Junctions 5 and 4, the motorway’s three lanes narrow to two and the speed limit drops from 70mph to 50.
In the five years before the camera was installed in 2001 there were 13 accidents and 14 casualties.
In the five years after it appeared there were 16 crashes and 24 casualties.
Paul, who runs drivers’ website, said: “The figures speak for themselves. That camera is clearly there to make money because the figures show it is not there to prevent accidents. In fact it is doing the opposite.”
Furious Paul has contacted both Essex Police and Under Secretary of State for Transport Jim Fitzpatrick.
But their replies indicated the camera is not considered a problem and will stay.

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