POLICE and the county council should perform a u-turn and start considering turning Northamptonshire’s speed cameras back on, the leader of the opposition will demand today.
The leader of the Northamptonshire Liberal Democrats Cllr Brendan Glynane, is to propose a motion at today’s Northamptonshire County Council annual council meeting to call for the police and the ruling Conservatives to work on turning on the cameras following an increase in deaths on the roads so far this year.
Cllr Glynane said: “We’ve got a very serious situation where there has been a dramatic rise in road deaths this year.
“I feel sorry for the families that have lost loved ones in road accidents, and that is why we should not play with people’s lives on our roads.
“We believe this is a direct result of the Conservative county council administration’s decision to withdraw funding from the Casualty Reduction Partnership, which led to the switch off of speed cameras.
“We will call on the administration to work with the police and switch speed cameras back on.”
This motion comes barely a month after Cllr Andre Gonzalez De Savage criticised the switch-off and claimed it was the police’s decision to turn off the cameras.
There were 28 road deaths in the past financial year – the first year since the switch off.
This was up on the 23 in the 2010-11 financial year.
Only one casualty occurred within 50 metres of a fixed camera site and police have handed out almost as many speeding tickets using mobile cameras as they did with fixed ones.
But Cllr Glynane said: “I think that if people can see the cameras stationed next to roads, they make a conscious effort to slow down, but that is only certain parts of county roads.
“What compounded this was switching off the street lights, as they are designed to improve road safety.
“We can’t keep going on while the figures keep on rising.”