Derby becomes latest local authority to consider switching off speed cameras

Three locations slated to have cameras turned off, others under consideration

by Simon_MacMichael   March 10, 2011  

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Tory-led Derby City Council has become the latest local authority to consider switching off its fixed speed cameras, with a meeting next Monday 14 March debating whether to decommission devices at three locations.

The cameras concerned are at Burton Road, Nottingham Road, and Chellaston Road, Shelton Lock, reports the website This Is Derbyshire.

The reported reason for the proposal to switch them off is that the speed of passing traffic does not justify their use.

Conservative Councillor Matthew Holmes, cabinet member for planning and environment, told the website that it would be “wrong to assume” the council’s intentions regarding the other 15 fixed speed camera locations in the city.

“Each location is unique and will be considered fully before a decision is made,” he explained. He added: “Alternative measures, such as vehicle-activated signs are a more effective way of improving road safety in Derby.”

Since the coalition government came to power following last year’s general election, a number of local authorities have switched off some or all of their fixed speed cameras to help save money after a 40% reduction in the Road Safety Grant.


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The Derbyshire article states that they are to be switched off after "it was proved that they were not justified".

Pardon? You can "prove" a fact, or that a hypothesis is true. ie a fact, but you cannot "prove" a subjective opinion.

As for the notion that the speed doesn't justify their use, well duh! if you know there is a speed camera there, you'd have to be dopey not to slow down, wouldn't you?

posted by Paul M [343 posts]
10th March 2011 - 19:16


The only place where I can be sure that motor vehicles are being driven within the speed limit is where there is a camera, everywhere else, only if congestion or conditions dictate.

onward ever onward

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posted by bikecellar [264 posts]
10th March 2011 - 23:20