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The police should be out catching real criminals, not wasting their time on law-abiding motorists

Safety cameras do not divert police officers from investigating other crimes – just the opposite. The technology frees up more officers to focus on other crime prevention and detection duties, rather than be diverted to enforce speed limits.

Anyone who breaks the speed limit is breaking the law, committing a criminal offence and putting their own life, and that of other road users, at risk.

Between 2010 and 2014, there were 674 people either injured or killed on the roads in the Northumbria police force area where someone involved was exceeding the speed limit.

Figures from the Office for National Statistics show that in the most recently available year (2013) there were nearly five times as many deaths on the roads in England and Wales as there were murders.  Excessive and inappropriate speed is not a victimless crime.


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