Oxfordshire's cameras gets the green light
Oxfordshire's safety cameras are to be reinstated on 1 April 2011.
The news was first broken by Brake, the road safety charity, which says that early evidence shows that speeding at camera sites in Oxfordshire has increased by as much as 400%.
The camera sites were decommissioned on 1 August after Oxfordshire County Council withdrew funding for the Thames Valley Safer Roads Partnership – the organisation which controls speed enforcement in the area.
A new organisational structure is being put into place that will see Thames Valley Police taking over the cost of running the cameras, funding it through fees from drivers sent on speed awareness courses.
Julie Townsend, Brake's campaigns director, said: “This is fantastic news for communities in Oxfordshire. The bottom line is that cameras are highly effective in reducing speeding and preventing deaths and serious injuries.
“I just hope that other counties that have turned off all or some of their cameras will follow suit, acknowledging that the big switch off was a terrible blow to community safety.”
For more information contact Ellen Booth, from Brake on 01484 550067.