Car insurance holders urged to save speed cameras in Somerset

Tuesday, 14 September 2010

A local road safety campaigner in Somerset staged a protest to urge car insurance policyholders to help save the speed cameras in the area.

Bereaved mother Clare Brixley received the support of road safety charity Brake in her efforts to protest at the county's decision to switch off the cameras.

Julie Townsend, campaigns director at Brake, said: "It's an outrage that so many speed cameras are being turned off or are under threat in the south-west and across the country.

"We all know how dangerous fast moving traffic is - especially for people on foot and bicycle - and academic studies confirm that if we slow vehicle speeds we reduce the number of crashes and their severity."

She added that speed cameras have been proven to get car insurance policyholders to reduce their speed, leading to fewer casualties on the roads.

Withdrawing them "is madness", Ms Townsend said.

Recently, safety groups including the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents and the Institute of Road Safety Officers Cameras wrote a letter to the government saying that cameras should continue to be used in high-accident areas.

Posted by Claire Carter 

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