Average speed cameras ‘have their place’
Iain Temperton, Road Safety GB’s director of communications, last week (31 May) featured on BBC Radio 2 as part a debate about average speed cameras.
Appearing on the Jeremy Vine show (being guest presented by Vanessa Feltz), he affirmed his and Road Safety GB’s support for the deployment of average speed cameras, in the right circumstances.
He featured alongside Claire Armstrong from Safe Speed who has been campaigning for many years to scrap speed cameras.
The programme was prompted by new research carried out for the RAC Foundation (also published on 31 May) which revealed that more than 250 miles of roads in Great Britain are now being monitored by average speed cameras.
Iain Temperton (left) said local authorities look to “pick the right tools to do the right jobs” when it comes to improving the safety of roads and road users, adding that some stretches of road would “absolutely benefit” from an average speed system.
Iain, who is also team manager of casualty reduction at Norfolk County Council, said: “Cameras are only part of the toolbox, every local authority or constabulary is going to use whichever tool. We have a robust policing system, we have community speed watch, we have fixed cameras, we have average cameras.
“It’s not one or the other, it is a complete mix of interventions using whichever one works either for that particular type of road user or that particular geography.
“We’re not going to say it’s (average speed cameras) the answer to everything - and it’s not the instant response that we move to, because they are an expensive system to install - but they certainly have their place.”
Click here to listen on catch up (available until 30 June 2016). Speed camera feature starts at appoximately 34.00.