Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Vital Speed Caneras Not Used. for the Sake of Pounds 500; Grieving Mum Calls for Action as Chronicle Reveals Traffic Cameras in City Left Idle for Up to 22 Months

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Vital Speed Caneras Not Used. for the Sake of Pounds 500; Grieving Mum Calls for Action as Chronicle Reveals Traffic Cameras in City Left Idle for Up to 22 Months

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Byline: ADRIAN PEARSON ; LUCY ROUE

ALL the speed cameras in Newcastle and along the A1 through Northumberland have been switched off for the last 22 months, the Chronicle can reveal.

In a money-saving move intended to prevent costly legal appeals, road safety bosses decided to secretly switch off the five fixedlocation cameras in Newcastle. The decision was taken because signs warning motorists of their presence had not been erected.

Cameras were also switched off in Northumberland along the A1 and the A69 and A696, although many in the county are managed by the Highways Agency.

Between the two councils there are 14 speed cameras which have been switched off since at least 2010. In Newcastle some cameras have been unused since 2007.

The embarrassment could have been avoided by spending just pounds 500 to put up the correct signs, but this move has been repeatedly put off despite police recommendations.

With the most prolific camera in the region, in Prudhoe, Northumberland, bringing in nearly pounds 220,000 in fines last year, it is thought the signage could easily have been paid for by the pounds 60 fines handed out to speeding motorists.

Northumbria Speed Camera Partnership bosses say they hand the fine revenue back to Treasury.

Last night a family who lost their son to a dangerous driver said it was vital the partnership - covering the Northumbria Police force area - put pressure on city leaders to reverse the decision.

Debbie Cameron, 41, lost her son David in 2004 when he was knocked down by a silver BMW in Newcastle.

She was backed by Newcastle East MP Nick Brown who said the previously Liberal Democrat-controlled council which made the decision had put lives at risk.

He said: "This is a metaphor for the whole way the place was run ... on appearance rather than substance.

These cameras save lives and this negligence will put lives at risk."

While many of the cameras still flash as a deterrent, there is no film in the 14 cameras identified as nonoperational.

Members of the partnership, covering fixed cameras in Sunderland, Gateshead, South Tyneside, North Tyneside, Newcastle and Northumberland, say merely having the camera box by the side of the road is often sufficient to prevent dangerous driving. …

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