75% of speed cam­eras not work­ing

Kent Messenger Maidstone - - FRONT PAGE -

Only one in four speed cam­eras on Kent’s roads is work­ing, ac­cord­ing to fresh data.

A Free­dom of In­for­ma­tion re­quest to Kent Po­lice by the Press As­so­ci­a­tion re­vealed that of the 77 static cam­eras on the county’s high­ways, 19 (25%) are op­er­a­tional.

The data shows that out of 2,838 fixed cam­eras across the en­tire UK, only 1,486 or 52% are op­er­a­tional.

Kent’s fig­ures are sim­i­lar for Es­sex, where only a third of the 100 fixed-speed cam­eras are switched on. Northamp­ton­shire has 39 cam­eras, none of which is work­ing. And in Stafford­shire only 5% of the 272 are work­ing.

David Cur­rie, head of traf­fic pros­e­cu­tions for Kent Po­lice, said: “They pro­vide a proven de­ter­rence to driv­ers ex­ceed­ing the speed limit but are just one of a num­ber of ways po­lice to try to keep road users safe.

“Speed­ing is one for the four most com­mon causes of a se­ri­ous or fa­tal col­li­sion and choos­ing to break a limit which has been put in place to keep peo­ple safe is ir­re­spon­si­ble and reck­less.”

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