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Burton speed camera site details now revealed

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: August 16, 2014

By Rob Smyth

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DETAILS on how speed cameras are placed across Burton have been published.

The Staffordshire Safer Roads Partnership has revealed the criteria for how it decides to place permanent and mobile speed cameras across the area.

A complicated system based on the number of accident, speed and a raft of other factors is used to pinpoint where the cameras are needed.

A spokesman for the partnership said: "The range of measures available to the partnership broadly includes enforcement, engineering, education, driver training and publicity.

"A matrix of criteria has been developed to ensure proportionate and effective solutions are implemented in areas with a history of collisions resulting in personal injuries.

These criteria are applied rigorously to make best use of all available "resource.

"Contrary to popular belief, speed cameras are not used to raise revenue and the partnership does not receive any of the fines generated.

"The management of camera sites is based on the reduction of collisions and casualties and not on the number of offences.

"Current figures show that the number of people killed or seriously injured at cameras sites in Burton have fallen by an average of 64 per cent since the sites were implemented.

"Speed enforcement, by both fixed and mobile cameras, is key to the work of the partnership and provides an opportunity to re-educate some drivers through a speed awareness course rather than resulting in penalty points.

"To ensure speed cameras are used in a fair and proportionate manner an annual review will be undertaken.

"A camera site is a length of road on which camera enforcement is set to take place.

"Often a site will have several camera housings or mobile locations implemented as a group.

"Both fixed and mobile locations may be included within the same site or along the same road."

"The priorities for each site will continue to be reviewed and altered on a regular basis."

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  • Confucius  |  August 18 2014, 7:49AM

    SAYS' If you want to watch the world pass you by, try driving the speed limit'.

  • Skyline12345  |  August 17 2014, 1:44PM

    64% accident reduction at camera sites? Speed Camera partnerships are still pretending that regression to the mean does not exist. There is a substantial period of time from when a series of accidents triggers a proposal to install a speed camera to when the camera goes live. During this intervening period (can be 18 months or more), accidents trends return to their previous rates (regression to the mean) but camera partnerships claim this reduction to be due to the camera despite the reduction occurring before the camera is switched on.

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