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Old February 14th 05, 04:57 PM
Brent P
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Default speed kills believers exceed the speed limit

First the story:


Speed camera van allegation

The driver of a mobile speed camera van was allegedly clocked by police,
breaking the limit on a Shropshire road, it emerged today.

Now the van operator, who had been on mobile patrol in Trefonen, near
Oswestry, could face court action.

The driver was pulled over by an officer who allegedly saw the van,
operated by West Mercia Safety Camera Partnership, breaking the limit on
a national speed limit road.

For cars this is 60mph, but because of the camera van's weight it is
limited to 50mph.

Kate Tonge, for West Mercia Police, today refused to comment on
allegations the van had been travelling at 65mph.

She said: "There was an incident that happened on December 21 at
Trefonen, near Oswestry . . . A full investigation into the allegation
has been conducted and a file has been sent to the Crown Prosecution
Service. No-one has been suspended from duty in connection with this

Trevor McAvoy, of West Mercia Safety Camera Partnership, said:"I don't
believe the van operator had carried out any enforcement that morning."

If convicted the driver could face a fine, points on his licence or even
a motoring ban.

Now about the org that owns the van:

West Mercia and the Safety Camera Partnership
West Mercia Constabulary is involved with 12 other partners in the
Department of Transport.s .Netting Off. or cost recovery scheme whereby
fines revenue from certain safety camera activity is returned to the
Safety Camera Partnership, a body made up from a number of organisations
but which is not police-led nor police-run. This body has an independent
management board and operates the DfT.s criteria for the placement and
processing of safety camera sites. For more information on this scheme in
the West Mercia area, visit the Safety Camera Partnerships web site at


The partnership.s only goal is to reduce casualties and the partner
agencies are committed to achieving this in the first instance through
targeted and effective enforcement measures utilising camera systems.

The purpose of installing these additional cameras is to dissuade drivers
from exceeding speed limits and to reduce the number of people killed or
injured at a particular site, not to catch drivers speeding.


Old February 15th 05, 02:10 AM
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"Brent P" > wrote in message
> First the story:
> http://www.shropshirestar.com/show_a....php?aID=29518


Ahhhh, hypocrisy, thy name is government!


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