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Speed Limits: Cameras

Volume 462: debated on Thursday 28 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment his Department has made of the impact of the Government’s Safety Camera initiative on the numbers of police officers employed on speed enforcement duties in those areas where it has been implemented; and if he will make a statement. (146125)

We would expect the effective use of automatic, unattended speed cameras to improve law enforcement by deterring more drivers from exceeding the legal speed limit and detecting more who do, It will at the same time free up police resources for other duties. These would include roads policing duties, such as active speed limit enforcement by officers on the ground. How resources are deployed is however an operational matter for individual chief officers of police.