Almost half of Britain’s safety cameras have been switched off permanently, according to an investigation by The Sun.
The paper found that 1,522 (48%) of the country’s 3,189 camera sites were out of action last year, which is up from 37% in 2010 and 32% in 2009.
Many areas have left non-working cameras in place as a deterrent but may never reactivate them, says The Sun.
Avon and Somerset switched off all of its 69 cameras in April 2011, but, according to The Sun, the number of crashes where speed was a factor has since fallen 31%.
In London, 565 out of 754 (75%) of cameras have been turned off, but Bedfordshire, Cheshire, Essex, Greater Manchester and other areas used all their camera sites last year.
Claire Armstrong of the Safe Speed campaign branded cameras “a failed policy” and called for all to be scrapped.
Click here to read The Sun report in full.