Speed cameras switched off

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Speed cameras in Oxfordshire have flashed their last motorist.

Engineers switched off the 72 fixed speed cameras and seven ‘red light’ cameras dotted around the county yesterday.

Thames Valley Safer Roads Partnership — the body that has co-ordinated the work for a decade — closed down all operations in the county after Oxfordshire County Council cut its funding by £600,000 in its bid to make £11m of savings.

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8:58am Mon 2 Aug 10

woxon_resident says...

Good. I shall continue to drive within the speed limits nonetheless. I do hope that most people will do the same, and thus help to prove that common sense and driver awareness are the key to safe motoring, not arbitrary punitive measures.
Good. I shall continue to drive within the speed limits nonetheless. I do hope that most people will do the same, and thus help to prove that common sense and driver awareness are the key to safe motoring, not arbitrary punitive measures. woxon_resident
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7:21pm Mon 2 Aug 10

Niko Bellic says...

Will there be nice orange hi-vis bags over the top to prevent needless emergency stops?
Will there be nice orange hi-vis bags over the top to prevent needless emergency stops? Niko Bellic
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9:18pm Mon 2 Aug 10

Sophia says...

Excellent news. The speed limits in the city are absurd, anyway
Excellent news. The speed limits in the city are absurd, anyway Sophia
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10:00pm Mon 2 Aug 10

nickwilcock says...

Cynics have always alleged that speed cameras are purely devices to extract money from motorists... But the main reason they were installed was as crude instruments to enforce wholly unreasonable speed limits. Such limits were introduced by local authorities pandering to local loudmouths, rather than by road engineers and the police - people who DO actually understand road engineering. Thus the yellow-box-on-a-stic
k became a hated symbol of nuLabor's state-nannying; wholly reasonable speed limits were tarred with the same brush as unreasonable 'turkey thirty' limits (as OCC once referred to them in an unguarded conversation), leading to a culture of public disobedience. Most motorists will support reasonable speed limits (as we had before 1991) and will also see the need for effective policing of such limits, whether by camera or by human observation. We need a comprehensive review of speed limits across the county and an end to totally unreasonable - and now unenforceable - state nannying.
Cynics have always alleged that speed cameras are purely devices to extract money from motorists... But the main reason they were installed was as crude instruments to enforce wholly unreasonable speed limits. Such limits were introduced by local authorities pandering to local loudmouths, rather than by road engineers and the police - people who DO actually understand road engineering. Thus the yellow-box-on-a-stic k became a hated symbol of nuLabor's state-nannying; wholly reasonable speed limits were tarred with the same brush as unreasonable 'turkey thirty' limits (as OCC once referred to them in an unguarded conversation), leading to a culture of public disobedience. Most motorists will support reasonable speed limits (as we had before 1991) and will also see the need for effective policing of such limits, whether by camera or by human observation. We need a comprehensive review of speed limits across the county and an end to totally unreasonable - and now unenforceable - state nannying. nickwilcock
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6:24am Tue 3 Aug 10

philg says...

Is that just the fixed cameras? Or also the mobile folks in white vans?
Is that just the fixed cameras? Or also the mobile folks in white vans? philg
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9:23am Tue 3 Aug 10

Englishman says...

OCC pays £600,00 per year for 72 cameras that's just over £8,300 per camera. A recent report on this site said that the Company operating these cameras would be prepared to keep the one going in Newnham Courtney if residents paid for it for £5000 per year. Looks like another case of taxpayers being ripped off so thank goodness they have gone
OCC pays £600,00 per year for 72 cameras that's just over £8,300 per camera. A recent report on this site said that the Company operating these cameras would be prepared to keep the one going in Newnham Courtney if residents paid for it for £5000 per year. Looks like another case of taxpayers being ripped off so thank goodness they have gone Englishman
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