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Speed Limits: Cameras

Volume 485: debated on Wednesday 17 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will make it her policy to collect information on the (a) number of and (b) circumstances in which speed cameras are damaged; and if she will make a statement. (243085)

Deliberately causing damage to a speed camera is not a specific offence, but an example of criminal damage. It would be impractical to require the collection and submission to central Government of detailed information on every type of criminal damage and every instance of its occurrence.

Speed cameras are a road safety tool of proven effectiveness. Those who damage them are wilfully putting people’s lives at increased risk. Individual chief officers of police will collect information as they consider appropriate and necessary to deal effectively with any problems that occur in their areas.