The country’s leading traffic lawyer has slammed “greedy councils and lazy police forces” for corrupting the original noble cause of speed cameras in reducing road accidents.
On the 25th anniversary of the introduction of the “Gatso” speed camera – which first appeared in the UK on the westbound A316 over Twickenham bridge in Surrey – Nick Freeman said their primary purpose was now purely as revenue generating machines.
The Loophole lawyer said: “A quarter of a century ago, speed cameras were introduced as a noble cause to reduce accidents at notorious black spots.
“However, they were soon hijacked by greedy councils who quickly appreciated their true worth, namely the ability to raise huge sums of money from the unsuspecting motorist.
“Over the last 25 years we have witnessed them being unravelled the length and breadth of the county.
“Whilst it is commendable to make our roads safer and reduce accidents, this should never be at the expense or alternative to trained police officers, in marked cars, patrolling our roads.
“This reliance on robotical policing by static cameras has resulted in a litany of other driving offences, such as drink and drug driving and the illegal use of mobile phones, going largely undetected by absent police officers.
“The truth is police forces and local authorities have sold their soul for money.”
Mr Freeman added whilst the government expressed a desire to rid the roads of the endemic illegal use of mobile phones, this appeared to be at odds with Suzette Davenport, the chief constable of Gloucester and the ACPO (Association of Chief Police Officers) lead on road policing.
Last month Ms Davenport said in her view that in some instances six penalty points would be excessive, instead preferring to offer offenders courses, which coincidently swell the police coffers.
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