|release date: 3rd August 2004||number: PR135|
|Tory proposals a small step
in the right direction
News: Embargo 6am Tuesday 3rd
New Tory pledges for better management of speed cameras are just a small step in the right direction, says Safe Speed.
Paul Smith, founder of the Safe Speed road safety campaign said: "It's great to see the Tories moving in the right direction for road safety, but it is disappointing that they are still not digging down to the fundamental principles. In the last decade UK road safety has been dominated by dogma, and it will clearly take plenty more hard work to strip away the dogma and restore UK road safety thinking to its former position as the best in the World."
The Tory plans fall short of exposing and
reversing fundamental flaws in speed camera policy including:
Notes and links for Editors
Please feel free to strip the web addresses before publication. They are provided for your information and to expand on the points made.
Fraudulent claims of speed camera benefits:
The Stone Report:
FATALITIES FIGURES FOR GB 1950 to 2003 (2004 projected)
The same spreadsheet in a zip archive:
The spreadsheet includes exact web references
to official data sources and a range of interesting graphs.
About Safe Speed:
Since setting up Safe Speed in 2001, Paul Smith, 49, an advanced motorist and road safety enthusiast, and a professional engineer of 25 years UK experience, has carried out about 5,000 hours of research into the overall effects of speed camera policy on UK road safety. We believe that this is more work in more detail than anything carried out by any other organisation. Paul's surprising conclusion is that overall speed cameras make our roads more dangerous. Paul has identified and reported a number of major flaws and false assumptions in the claims made for speed cameras, and the whole "speed kills" system of road safety.
The inescapable conclusion is that we should urgently return to the excellent road safety policies that gave us in the UK the safest roads in the World in the first place.
Safe Speed does not campaign against speed
limits or appropriate enforcement of motoring laws, but argues vigorously
that automated speed enforcement is neither safe nor appropriate.
Contact Safe Speed:
We are available for press and media interviews.
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Created 3/08/2004. Last update 3/08/2004