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PostPosted: Mon Feb 15, 2016 12:35 pm    Post subject: Dummy Speed Cameras Cost County 5000 Per Year Reply with quote

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Inoperative speed cameras in Northants are costing 5,000 per year to maintain.

Forty seven fixed speed cameras were switched off five years ago due to budget cuts and there are no immediate plans to reinstate them.

A Freedom of Information request has now revealed that cameras in the area go though an annual maintenance procedure to check that they are safe, free from graffiti and are clean.

The cameras, although not working, are left in place as they still deter many motorists from speeding.

A spokesperson for the local authority commented: "We have retained the structures in place and continue to face them strategically towards the carriageway in order to take advantage of their significant deterrent factor to speeding motorists and consequent positive effect on driver behaviour."

They added: "The sites are also continuously analysed in terms of collision rates but there is no evidence to suggest that decommissioning cameras in Northamptonshire has contributed to any rise in collisions or road death numbers."

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 15, 2016 12:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

interesting - I'm sure that a few months after the initial switch off, there was a local newspaper article with stats about how speeds had changed past the cameras. Implication was that they continued to collect the data, but had no staff or budget allocated to process it.

hmmm, freedom of information request anyone?
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 15, 2016 1:56 pm    Post subject: Re: Dummy Speed Cameras Cost County 5000 Per Year Reply with quote

News Team wrote:
Forty seven fixed speed cameras were switched off five years ago due to budget cuts and there are no immediate plans to reinstate them.

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The cameras, although not working, are left in place as they still deter many motorists from speeding.


Forty seven cameras left in place? I suspect that means 47 camera BOXES. Costing 5,000 a year? I suspect that's some sort of calculation based on the price of the local govt staff to drive round surveying and maintaining ALL the street furniture - it doesn't take long to drive past noticing they are still standing, not vandalised and clean. And anyway, for a mere 5,000 a year they still get the main benefit of the empty boxes - drivers slow down in a panic, because who knows, they might just be working. Ceratinly I wouldn't recommend we delete all our cameras there.
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