backs calls to switch speed cameras back on across Somerset
woman whose husband was killed by a speeding motorist near Burnham-On-Sea
has this week welcomed calls by the Chief Constable of Avon and
Somerset Police to turn speed cameras back on across Somerset.
cameras were all switched off a couple of years ago to save money
but now Chief Constable Nick Gargan, and the Police and Crime
Commissioner Sue Mountstevens, want them turned back on to try
to prevent more tragedies on the roads.
Ireland, pictured, whose husband Gordon was killed while crossing
the A38 in a collision
with a car in Rooksbridge in 2008, has joined the calls for
local councils to switch the speed cameras back on.
my husband, one moment he got out of the car and said 'I shan't
be a second' and then the next he was no loonger here," she
can't imagine it - it was devastating. It really is. We are always
on about getting the speed camera turned back on - they are much
and Somerset Police say 48 people have died on the area's roads
during the past year - two more than last year and 16 more than
2011. The number of motorcyclist deaths has more than doubled
from 8 last year to 19 this year.
speed cameras and cameras monitoring junctions were switched off
in 2011 after the government stopped funding the Safety Camera
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
Constable Mr Gargan said in a recent statement: "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."
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