Published: June 16, 2013
Speed cameras in Burnham-On-Sea area could be switched back on

The Chief Constable of Avon and Somerset Police has revealed that he wants to see fixed speed cameras switched back on.

Nick Gargan has written to local councils, offering to help them reactivate the cameras which were turned off in 2011.

They include several in the Burnham-On-Sea area - including on the A38 at Rooksbridge and at West Huntspill.

Mr Gargan says they were originally switched off to save money at the suggestion of the police.

It is thought the income from fines could go towards running the scheme but no firm plans have been announced.

Mr Gargan said: "I've not seen any evidence of any value that say speed cameras harm - I have seen evidence that on balance they can help and reduce casualties."

"Excess speed makes accidents that much more likely and makes the accidents that happen more dangerous. It's the job of the police and its partnerships to work together to provide a range of deterrents. If vehicles are travelling at sensible speeds then fewer people will die."

Fixed speed cameras and cameras monitoring junctions were switched off in 2011 after the government stopped funding the Safety Camera Partnership.

The police had asked councils to take over the running and maintenance cost of the cameras but local authorities argued they were too expensive to run adding many needed to be upgraded at a significant cost.


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