Speed cameras go digital

Maldon and Burnham Standard: Speed cameras go digital Speed cameras go digital

SPEED cameras across Essex are set to be digitised.

Essex County Council and Southend Council have pledged £824,000 towards replacing equipment in half of the county’s cameras.

Funding from the National Driver Offender Re-training Scheme will account for £500,000 of the spending, with a further £264,000 from County Hall and £60,000 from the Southend authority.

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7:36am Tue 17 Dec 13

Master shoplifter says...

What a waste of money. I know where all the cameras are anyway. As soon as I get past them I just speed back up again. Nothing but cash cows.
What a waste of money. I know where all the cameras are anyway. As soon as I get past them I just speed back up again. Nothing but cash cows. Master shoplifter

8:13am Tue 17 Dec 13

Kim Gandy says...

Master shoplifter wrote:
What a waste of money. I know where all the cameras are anyway. As soon as I get past them I just speed back up again. Nothing but cash cows.
You are so clever aren't you? And what if there are children crossing the road where you are speeding up, you moron?
[quote][p][bold]Master shoplifter[/bold] wrote: What a waste of money. I know where all the cameras are anyway. As soon as I get past them I just speed back up again. Nothing but cash cows.[/p][/quote]You are so clever aren't you? And what if there are children crossing the road where you are speeding up, you moron? Kim Gandy

8:16am Tue 17 Dec 13

Kim Gandy says...

ACtually I have never agreed with having speed cameras as they ARE cash cows but what I'd like is more police visible especially where idiots like the one above are present.

Let them get nicked in the act.
ACtually I have never agreed with having speed cameras as they ARE cash cows but what I'd like is more police visible especially where idiots like the one above are present. Let them get nicked in the act. Kim Gandy

8:17am Tue 17 Dec 13

Kim Gandy says...

It isn't just speed that kills, it's attitudes like the one above. This moron has already admitted he doesn't mind drink driving, in another post. There are all sorts of idiots on the road that do stupid things that are nothing to do with speeding. That's why we need more police out there waiting to pounce on them.

And for the record, I think they SHOULD throw the book at the kind of vermin who think nothing of getting behind a wheel when drunk
It isn't just speed that kills, it's attitudes like the one above. This moron has already admitted he doesn't mind drink driving, in another post. There are all sorts of idiots on the road that do stupid things that are nothing to do with speeding. That's why we need more police out there waiting to pounce on them. And for the record, I think they SHOULD throw the book at the kind of vermin who think nothing of getting behind a wheel when drunk Kim Gandy

8:47am Tue 17 Dec 13

BenfleetBarrel says...

Kim Gandy wrote:
It isn't just speed that kills, it's attitudes like the one above. This moron has already admitted he doesn't mind drink driving, in another post. There are all sorts of idiots on the road that do stupid things that are nothing to do with speeding. That's why we need more police out there waiting to pounce on them. And for the record, I think they SHOULD throw the book at the kind of vermin who think nothing of getting behind a wheel when drunk
Don't humour the troll.
[quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: It isn't just speed that kills, it's attitudes like the one above. This moron has already admitted he doesn't mind drink driving, in another post. There are all sorts of idiots on the road that do stupid things that are nothing to do with speeding. That's why we need more police out there waiting to pounce on them. And for the record, I think they SHOULD throw the book at the kind of vermin who think nothing of getting behind a wheel when drunk[/p][/quote]Don't humour the troll. BenfleetBarrel

9:31am Tue 17 Dec 13

pierre-pierre says...

I also know where the speed cameras are,

Finance - the money collected n fines go to central government, not the local authorities.

Hope the Moron came down Notley road in Braintree yesterday, they had a Police check there which doesnt show in the published list.

I dont think to my knowledge that they have had one there before
I also know where the speed cameras are, Finance - the money collected n fines go to central government, not the local authorities. Hope the Moron came down Notley road in Braintree yesterday, they had a Police check there which doesnt show in the published list. I dont think to my knowledge that they have had one there before pierre-pierre

12:37pm Tue 17 Dec 13

DontForgetToBreathe says...

In Somerset, where I originate and my family still live, they have had their cameras turned off for the past 3 years. Over those three years traffic accidents have dropped more than the preceeding years with the cameras on. Locally it's thought that drivers are watching the road now more than looking for cameras and staring at their speedos.

However the mayor of Bristol now wants to turn them on in Bristol again much to the puzzlement of the people.

Maybe they're short of money?
In Somerset, where I originate and my family still live, they have had their cameras turned off for the past 3 years. Over those three years traffic accidents have dropped more than the preceeding years with the cameras on. Locally it's thought that drivers are watching the road now more than looking for cameras and staring at their speedos. However the mayor of Bristol now wants to turn them on in Bristol again much to the puzzlement of the people. Maybe they're short of money? DontForgetToBreathe

2:25pm Tue 17 Dec 13

echoforum says...

Can you get 'freeview' on them.
Can you get 'freeview' on them. echoforum

5:01pm Tue 17 Dec 13

EssexPerson says...

Whether these speed cameras are right or not, why waste money on upgrading them in a time when vital services are being cut to save money. If they are still functioning then there's no need to spend such a ridiculous amount of money that should be spent elsewhere. Wouldn't it be better spent on dealing with pot holes or leaving street lights on.
Is there anyway we can appeal/complain about this waste of money?
Whether these speed cameras are right or not, why waste money on upgrading them in a time when vital services are being cut to save money. If they are still functioning then there's no need to spend such a ridiculous amount of money that should be spent elsewhere. Wouldn't it be better spent on dealing with pot holes or leaving street lights on. Is there anyway we can appeal/complain about this waste of money? EssexPerson

8:32pm Tue 17 Dec 13

smiffy22 says...

Master shoplifter wrote:
What a waste of money. I know where all the cameras are anyway. As soon as I get past them I just speed back up again. Nothing but cash cows.
Yes, we need them to be hidden, and moved frequently. That would be a huge help.
Smiffy22
[quote][p][bold]Master shoplifter[/bold] wrote: What a waste of money. I know where all the cameras are anyway. As soon as I get past them I just speed back up again. Nothing but cash cows.[/p][/quote]Yes, we need them to be hidden, and moved frequently. That would be a huge help. Smiffy22 smiffy22

10:06pm Tue 17 Dec 13

smiffy22 says...

DontForgetToBreathe wrote:
In Somerset, where I originate and my family still live, they have had their cameras turned off for the past 3 years. Over those three years traffic accidents have dropped more than the preceeding years with the cameras on. Locally it's thought that drivers are watching the road now more than looking for cameras and staring at their speedos.

However the mayor of Bristol now wants to turn them on in Bristol again much to the puzzlement of the people.

Maybe they're short of money?
What people neglect to consider is that we haven't had a proper evaluation of speed cameras because they have been placed in highly visible locations and painted bright yellow. The two immediate consequences are that people are able to spot them and are therefore looking out for them, so encouraging them to waste concentration searching them out rather than watching the road, and because they are rarely moved they are able to learn their location (or have a machine warn them). The net result is they only provide protection over a few hundred yard, and we have not yet had a proper trial of them on which to give an evaluation.
With modern technology it is possible to have digital cameras placed discretely on lamp posts, and move them regularly, thus providing a better level of protection.
Regards,
Smiffy22
[quote][p][bold]DontForgetToBreathe[/bold] wrote: In Somerset, where I originate and my family still live, they have had their cameras turned off for the past 3 years. Over those three years traffic accidents have dropped more than the preceeding years with the cameras on. Locally it's thought that drivers are watching the road now more than looking for cameras and staring at their speedos. However the mayor of Bristol now wants to turn them on in Bristol again much to the puzzlement of the people. Maybe they're short of money?[/p][/quote]What people neglect to consider is that we haven't had a proper evaluation of speed cameras because they have been placed in highly visible locations and painted bright yellow. The two immediate consequences are that people are able to spot them and are therefore looking out for them, so encouraging them to waste concentration searching them out rather than watching the road, and because they are rarely moved they are able to learn their location (or have a machine warn them). The net result is they only provide protection over a few hundred yard, and we have not yet had a proper trial of them on which to give an evaluation. With modern technology it is possible to have digital cameras placed discretely on lamp posts, and move them regularly, thus providing a better level of protection. Regards, Smiffy22 smiffy22

10:16pm Tue 17 Dec 13

smiffy22 says...

EssexPerson wrote:
Whether these speed cameras are right or not, why waste money on upgrading them in a time when vital services are being cut to save money. If they are still functioning then there's no need to spend such a ridiculous amount of money that should be spent elsewhere. Wouldn't it be better spent on dealing with pot holes or leaving street lights on.
Is there anyway we can appeal/complain about this waste of money?
Unfortunately, rediculous amounts of money are already being spent dealing with crashes, most of which could be prevented with random, hidden speed cameras.
The average speed cameras on the A127 made a huge difference to the number of major holdups on that road when they were switched on. They went from several a month to one every few months. It's risent a little since then, as the plums that cause these crashes have realised that they can get away with 80 or so after joining the road and until they reach the first camera (when there's a break in the traffic), or the opposite on leaving.
Regards,
Smiffy22
[quote][p][bold]EssexPerson[/bold] wrote: Whether these speed cameras are right or not, why waste money on upgrading them in a time when vital services are being cut to save money. If they are still functioning then there's no need to spend such a ridiculous amount of money that should be spent elsewhere. Wouldn't it be better spent on dealing with pot holes or leaving street lights on. Is there anyway we can appeal/complain about this waste of money?[/p][/quote]Unfortunately, rediculous amounts of money are already being spent dealing with crashes, most of which could be prevented with random, hidden speed cameras. The average speed cameras on the A127 made a huge difference to the number of major holdups on that road when they were switched on. They went from several a month to one every few months. It's risent a little since then, as the plums that cause these crashes have realised that they can get away with 80 or so after joining the road and until they reach the first camera (when there's a break in the traffic), or the opposite on leaving. Regards, Smiffy22 smiffy22

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