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THE speed cameras are being turned off in Solihull - for some there will be rejoicing, for others a few fears will be raised, the majority will no doubt shrug and soldier on.

THE speed cameras are being turned off in Solihull - for some there will be rejoicing, for others a few fears will be raised, the majority will no doubt shrug and soldier on.

The problem of course with speed cameras is that they are about roads and cars and drivers.

Surely now is the time to stop putting metal and machines at the heart of policy and return to the base unit - the person - also known as the pedestrian.

We all walk. As walkers we’re vulnerable to metal and machines, and as such need the full protection of the law, which at the moment we don’t get.

However, if the law was changed, so that the person going at a speed fast enough to kill or injure has to look out for the welfare of those more vulnerable to him or herself, then that would represent a giant stride in road safety and accountability.

Scaling upwards, after the pedestrian could come the cyclist, then the motorcyclist, car driver, van driver, lorry driver, and so on.

Think how much safer our roads would be - and think how much money we would save.

Oh, I hear you say, it will never work - but it does - in Belgium, France, Holland - these countries and more - why not here?

 

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