North Yorkshire Police Mobile Safety Camera Deployment

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This morning I was interested, and I have to say a little bemused, to read a North Yorkshire Police media release on speed safety cameras. The content of said release gave a detailed list of proposed camera locations for the week ahead.

Regular readers will be aware I’ve commented on this subject previously (see here). I hope those readers also managed to glean from my post, I’m not a big fan of the way in which they are currently used, or indeed enamoured with their proliferation. It’s not that I condone speeding, or any other traffic violation for that matter, it is more to do with the way in which they are used.

You see ‘safety’ cameras, as the police and local authorities like to call them, are little more than a sneaky political cash-cow. However, many senior police officers (and politicians) also see them as an acceptable alternative to effective and fully resourced roads policing units. An issue which I highlighted previously in the post – Policing: prevention better than cure?

Despite the fact cameras in North Yorkshire captured more than 1,800 drivers in their first month of operation, I still question their ultimate value as a tool for enhancing road safety and/or influencing driver behaviour. Yes` they play a part but not in isolation from proper roads policing. They’re just one tool in the armoury of that function.

North Yorkshire Police will be carrying out mobile safety camera enforcement on the following roads between Wednesday 16 November and Tuesday 22 November 2011..(Read more).

You have to wonder what is the corporate intention of the press release and it’s content, especially when you read the codicil at the end of it…

The mobile safety cameras will be in operation at the above sites at various times during the dates stated. Cameras will not be in use on the above routes all day, every day. The above locations were accurate when this news release was produced. Due to operating constraints at some of our sites, our mobile safety camera locations may change on occasions without prior warning.”

So, reading between the lines and in other words, the published information is mostly guess-work and not really a great deal of use. Perhaps it should read…

The safety camera unit may or may not be at one of the locations specified. It may or may not be in use at that location for some or none of the time it is there. Due to the fact we no longer wish to spend the required funds on a proper and tangible roads policing presence, we use the cameras to suggest to the public that we are actually doing something to reduce road collision statistics!

Unless you read it differently?

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About Dave Hasney

National Coordinator for UK SMART Recovery - Previously a Recovery Worker and prior to that a Management Consultant and H&S Practitioner - Kept sane by Angling, Good Food, Real Ale & Wine - Cynical thoughts sometimes developed from others.

Posted on 16-11-2011, in Police and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Fantastic article! Keep them coming!

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  2. I shall be 10 mins. late for my meeting at Goathland. Or maybe not as the case may be. I may be 10 mins early if the van has gone home!!!!!!!!! What a load of bollox. Put the bill back on the streets to do the job the were meant to do. (As long as that is catching robbers and not persecuting us poor motorists that are just going about our buisness.

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