Kill your speed or smile for the camera

DRIVERS are today being issued with a fresh warning about the dangers of ignoring road safety cameras.More permanent camera safety signs are currently being placed on the county's roadsides and organisers of the Suffolk SafeCam campaign are using the opportunity to reinforce the safety message.

DRIVERS are today being issued with a fresh warning about the dangers of ignoring road safety cameras.

More permanent camera safety signs are currently being placed on the county's roadsides and organisers of the Suffolk SafeCam campaign are using the opportunity to reinforce the safety message.

Project manager Terry Marsh said: "We do not want to catch people speeding, our objective is to prevent accidents.

"All sites where mobile enforcement takes place are announced in the local press and on local radio traffic bulletins.

"In addition to this all of our vehicles are highly visible, so the emphasis is really on the driver to make a conscious decision to adhere to the speed limit.

"Chances are if you stick to the limit, so will the person behind you."

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Enforcement only takes place where there is a history of fatal or serious injury crashes.

So the presence of a camera sign should immediately make drivers more aware of their speed.

If Suffolk follows the national average of casualty reduction at camera sites, about 60 accidents would be prevented each year.

Michelle Finnerty, Suffolk SafeCam communications manager, said: "We want to make driving at excess and inappropriate speeds as anti-social as drink driving, but obviously this is not an overnight process.

"Driving at excess speeds seems to be one law that drivers treat as flexible and many seem to think they are able to judge for themselves what is an appropriate speed according to their years of experience.

"Unfortunately accident statistics prove otherwise."

WEBLINK: www.suffolksafecam.co.uk, lists all fixed and mobile enforcement sites.

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