Tuesday, 6 October 2009

Speed cameras to go - Tory promise

At long last! People are starting to listen to the arguments I have been making for years now.

I'm not just a lone voice. The Tories at the conference have said they will get rid of cameras (for the full SP read the Reuters story below).

I've done SKY News and lots of radio on this fantastic decision.

In a nutshell - for all you disbelievers out there - speed cameras are about raising cash NOT about road safety.

FACT: According to the Government's own figures, less than 5% of accidents are down to speed

FACT: Most accidents take place at a junction within a mile of your home.

The secret data will put an end to the camera partnerships lies once and for all.

Now let's vote Conservatives and get these lying, double crossing, war mongering, inept tossers who have bankrupted the country out of office!

Captain Gatso
The Motorists Friend

How Reuters told the world:

The Conservatives declared war on the rapid spread of speed cameras on Tuesday, saying there were better ways to keep the roads safe.

"It's time to put a stop to Labour's cash cow camera culture," Conservative transport spokeswoman Theresa Villiers told the party's annual conference.

"Electing a Conservative government would signal the end of the relentless expansion of fixed speed cameras. It's time to say 'enough is enough'," she said.

Fixed speed cameras on British roads had almost trebled during Labour's 12 years in power, but the fines they generated blinded Labour to the merits of better ways of keeping the roads safe, such as education, vehicle-activated signs or traffic police, she said.

Predicting that fixed speed cameras had reached their "high watermark" in the country, she said a Conservative government would not fund any new fixed speed cameras.

"If local authorities want new cameras they'll have to prove nothing else works better and they'll have to find the money themselves," Villiers said.

She said the Conservatives would publish information, now secret, on each speed camera's record on safety and on fines, so local communities could judge whether a camera should stay or go.

1 comment:

  1. Dear Captain,

    I'm always so impressed by how the brave you English are.

    I always think, "*That's* the spirit that won WWII."

    Our city has red-light cameras on almost every single intersection. In fact, I'm actually *surprised* when I stop at one that doesn't! Everyone hates it; no one does anything about it.

    I wish my beautiful country wasn't so almost-voluntarily censored and distracted, so that we'd be a little more like our BFFs in the UK. Braver, a bit more knowledgable about current world events...healthier.

    I'm very sorry to hear how much of a police state the UK is becoming. But I'm afraid the US will follow soon enough.

    Anyhow, keep up the good work lad.

    (hahahaha, I always wanted to say that. =D)

    God bless your endeavor,
    A concerned Californian