December 30, 2009

Accidents rise after speed cameras go

ACCIDENTS on Swindon’s roads have continued to rise since speed cameras were scrapped but the number of speeders has halved.

Swindon Council leaders claim the figures prove they made the right decision by deactivating fixed speed cameras at the end of July.

But motoring groups and opposition politicians have warned that it is too early to claim Swindon’s roads are now safer.

According to figures released by Swindon Council there were six injuries on Swindon’s roads between August and October of this year. Two of these were serious injuries, while four were slight.

Over the same period in 2008 there were four slight injury accidents and one fatal.

The council also said that over the same three-month period in 2009 1,033 motorists received prosecution notices after being caught by mobile cameras. The figure for 2008 was 2,227.

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