Oxford speed cameras switched back on again

After their high-profile switch off last year, Oxfordshire's speed cameras have now been turned back on again.

Thames Valley Police said that the 72 fixed camera sites and 89 mobile sites are all now operational once again.
They were switched off on 1 August 2010 after Oxfordshire County Council cut the road safety grant.

Superintendent Rob Povey, head of roads policing for Thames Valley, said: "We think this is important because we know that speed kills and speed is dangerous.

"We have shown in Oxfordshire that speed has increased through monitoring limits and we have noticed an increase in fatalities and the number of people seriously injured in 2010. We know that speed enforcement does work as a deterrent to motorists."

The Thames Valley data does show an increase in accidents between August 2010 and January this year, but only to 62 compared to 60 from the same period twelve months earlier. The number of people injured in these accidents went up as well, from 68 to 83, while 18 people were killed at the end of 2010, up from 12 the previous year.

The money for the cameras is said to come from cutting back office costs and diverting funding from speed awareness courses, said Mr Povey.
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