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PostPosted: Sun Jan 11, 2015 23:01 
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Mayor praises speed camera work

Published date: 11 January 2015 Published by: Ben Goddard

A MAYOR has praised police after they caught nearly 900 drivers speeding through his town.

Peter James, mayor of Llanwrtyd Wells, has thanked Dyfed-Powys Police after recent figures showed that the A483 through the town was the worst road in Powys for speeding motorists.

Figures showed that between April 2010 and March 2014, 65,543 were caught speeding in the region- with 890 caught on the A483.

Cllr Jones said: “We have been working towards making sure people adhere to the speed limits in the town and the approach past the school.
“We have worked hard towards a safer town and we have worked hard to bring in speed cameras in the area and new signage. We have been working hard to drop the speed of motorists entering the town over the last three years so it is good to see it working.
“The problem we have is motorists drop into the town from both sides so they have to drop their speed from a 40 miles per hour zone into a 30 zone. I think people are finally adhering to the speed limit due to the cameras and extra signage in the area.”

Over the four-year period covered in the statistics the highest number of drivers caught speeding in one year across Powys was 18,958 who were caught between April 2010 and March 2011.

In 2013-14, 17,246 drivers were caught.

A police spokesmen said: “The A483 is a trunk road which carries a high volume of traffic through Wales so the proportion of drivers exceeding the speed limit represents a small percentage of the
overall traffic flow.

“Enforcement takes place as part of GoSafe who work with our partner Dyfed Powys Police to help manage speeds on the roads in Wales.
“Motorists should comply with the relevant speed limit which is there for a reason.
“Our main priority is to raise awareness of the issues and educate motorists about the effect of inappropriate speed, with enforcement being the last resort. There is a simple message – cameras are in place to save lives.”
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Failing to understand that the best setting for a speed limit is the 85th%ile is not good practice.
As soon as you try to use the average mean than the 85th%ile, you will see a majority of drivers going faster than this new posted limit. It will not necessarily mean that there is an increase in danger to road safety however, but an increase in tickets is highly likely. Exactly what it looks like in this case.
Providing no benefit to road safety but increase in revenue and tickets is failing to run a proper and intelligent road safety policy that disproportionally prosecuted road users.

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 12, 2015 08:47 
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Providing figures for the number of people caught is irrelevant. Has there been a reduction in collisions due to the claimed reduction in speeds in the town? Is it safer as a result of all this activity? If not then it has all been pointless.

This reminds me of my local CSW who claim their purpose is to reduce speeding while forgetting that the point is to make the roads safer.

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 12, 2015 23:12 
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Let's put this into perspective, shall we?

This
https://www.google.co.uk/maps/@52.11017 ... GhG0sA!2e0

is a 40MPH limit....do we need to say more?

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 13, 2015 22:12 
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We know that all figures have been lower due to the recession however as the situation is improving this is already climbing and KSI increasing slowly.
I totally agree that the accident rate overall trend tells us if road safety is working or not. For them to concentrate on mere speed figures without taking anything else into consideration is ignorant.
If they don't understand that 'slower is not necessarily safer' then they aren't going to appreciate what road safety is about, surely?
Certainly this article implies that they have no idea what they are talking about. :(

That 40mph is one pf the totally pointless 'cushion' speed areas outside of 30mph areas. These are useless as they tell a driver to go way below the 85th %ile for no reason whatsoever. It's only when you enter the town that all becomes clear, however in terms of road safety this is a complete waste of money and of no benefit.

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