Car insurance hikes for speeders unnecessary?

Monday, 26 April 2010

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Higher car insurance premiums are frequently one of the consequences of getting caught exceeding the speed limits by one of Britain's silent army of fixed speed cameras.

Justified on safety grounds, the explosion of speed cameras alongside Britain's roads in recent years has provoked as much criticism from those who condemn them as money-raising tools for the authorities as those who applaud them for slowing down traffic.

But the experience of one town has thrown their efficacy as a safety measure into doubt ? and raised the question of whether those drivers saddled with higher car insurance premiums really do represent more of a risk.

Last August, Swindon council turned off its speed cameras - and in the following six months, saw exactly the same number of road accidents as occurred in the six months the previous year.

More councils could be prepared to follow suit. Council leader Roderick Bluh said: "I know a number of councils have been watching what we have been doing, and I would think they would probably start coming to the same conclusions shortly."

Opposition councillors, however, claim that the switch-off has led to rising levels of speed and greater numbers of "boy racers" coming to Swindon.

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