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PostPosted: Thu Jun 28, 2007 12:19 
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PETITION SUCCESS TO SCRAPPING SPEED CAMERAS

08:50 - 28 June 2007

An Easter Ross man whose petition against speed cameras closed yesterday with almost 28,000 signatures said it showed the strength of public feeling on the issue.

Paul Smith, who founded the internet-based Safe Speed road safety campaign in 2001 to call for the scrapping of speed cameras, lodged the petition on the Downing Street website on February 9 with a deadline of midnight on June 26.

He was said he pleased with the response.

"At the time of closing, it was the seventh most-signed petition on the 10 Downing Street website out of over 7,700, putting it in the top 0.1%," he said.

"It goes to show the strength of feeling about speed cameras. Drivers know they are the wrong policy and our national road safety results prove drivers right."

Mr Smith, of Fearn, near Tain, said his campaign group had also declared this week - from June 24-30 - national Scrap Speed Cameras Week.

He added that it had been timed to coincide with the closing date for the petition and the release of Department for Transport (DfT) figures on road deaths in 2006, due out today.

It also coincides with a European Court of Human Rights verdict in two related applications alleging a breach of the right to silence in relation to section 172 of the Road Traffic Act 1988, which is to be announced tomorrow.

Mr Smith said: "Safe Speed's Scrap Speed Cameras Week is intended to highlight the abject failures of our road safety policies and that, when policy fails, it's time to call a halt and move on.

"The longer it takes to return to effective road safety policies, the more people will die unnecessarily.

"I'm absolutely certain that the DfT know full well that their policies have failed but they would rather save face than save lives."

He urged Prime Minister Gordon Brown to rectify the situation.

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 28, 2007 14:12 
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Good stuff. You may want to edit your sig though. ;)


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bombus wrote:
You may want to edit your sig though. ;)


Excellent point. Done. Thanks.

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 02, 2007 09:11 
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Three cheers for Paul I say...

Hip Hip - Hooray. Hip Hip - Hooray. Hip hip Hooray. :)

And, if I may be so bold, to all the people on SS. I may stay in England for a while longer :scratchchin:

PS. Glad you've edited your sig Handy. I see you as a mental heavyweight, and a laff, so it's good to have you here in any capacity.

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