DRIVING along Monkspath Hall Road the speed cameras are an effective fact of life. They do their job, slow traffic down and everyone can happily go on their way.
However former transport minister and current holder of the transport portfolio in Solihull Council’s cabinet, David Jamieson, now fears that cuts to the national budget for transportation will put such cameras in jeopardy.
Good! some people will say, but love them or hate them, speed cameras have done a pretty good job in slowing traffic down at the same time as deaths and serious injuries on our roads have steadily declined to just over 2,000 fatalities a year. This is still an appalling figure, but far fewer than the ten-a-day statistic of only a few years ago.
The alternative to cameras are the cheap but incredibly crude sleeping policemen, or expensive road engineering projects.
Councillor Jamieson believes speed cameras are worth the money not only for the quality of life they bring to nearby residents, but in terms of the money they save - in terms of emergency services, hospitals, insurance etc - from the accidents they’ve prevented.
So, more power to his efforts to stop the budget for cameras disappearing.