PR140: Play fair with the law says Safe Speed
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 release date: 3rd september 2004 number: PR140

PR140: Play fair with the law says Safe Speed

NEWS: for immediate release

Safe Speed has learned today that at least 8,000 motorists have been prosecuted illegally using speed cameras outside the conditions of type approval.

These cases relate to the "Mini Gatso" portable speed trap. Although the Mini Gatso has type approval, it is not approved for use in a "front facing" mode. Confidential police sources estimate that at least 8,000 motorists have been illegally prosecuted using the Mini Gatso in front facing mode. There are no plans to set aside these illegitimate prosecutions.

Paul Smith, founder of the Safe Speed road safety campaign said: "Speed cameras are out of control. They don't target dangerous drivers, they don't make the roads safer and they don't even properly follow their own important regulations. It is all looking increasingly like a 'dash for cash' as greedy partnership managers build empires at the public's expense."

Richard Bentley, Traffic signs and regulations expert said: "It is crucially important that with signing, regulation and court procedures that the requirements and statutes are fully adhered to. Authorities seem to forget that the more stringent requirements in law are placed upon them to get it right in the first place. Breeches of regulations can and will lead to challenges and undermine public confidence in the entire legal process."


Notes for editors:

We have this information on excellent authority from a confidential Police source through a trusted intermediary.

We are looking into the full details of the type approval right now and will publish documents and evidence to the following page:

If the page doesn't exist that's because the information is not yet ready. We can no longer find the type approval certificates on the Home Office web site. They used to be there...

Richard Bentley is available on: 01723 862948 and

About Safe Speed

The Safe Speed road safety campaign is primarily the work of engineer-turned road safety analyst Paul Smith.

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.

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