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Speed cameras rake in £1.5m
David Ottewell

GREATER Manchester's 10 most flash-happy speed cameras raked in £1.5m in a year.

A total of 29,805 fines were issued because of the cameras on Bury New Road, Manchester; Cross Street, Trafford; Featherstall Road, Oldham; Oldham Road, Manchester; Peel Way, Bury; Princess Road, Manchester; Rochdale Road, Manchester; Washway Road, Trafford; Wellington Road North, Stockport, and Wilmslow Road, Manchester.

Between them, they dished out more fines than the 10 busiest cameras in London (28,621). Top of the list nationally was Wiltshire (42,417), followed by Essex (35,859). Greater Manchester was fifth and Cheshire 10th (24,790).

The 10 busiest cameras in Cheshire included sites on Wilderspool Causeway, Winwick Road and Liverpool Road in Warrington, and The Silk Road in Macclesfield. Britain has more than 6,000 speed cameras.

The Department for Transport claims the cameras have helped to cut deaths on the road by 11 per cent since the mid 1990s and says they save about 100 lives every year.

But the department is to re-evaluate the way it calculates the number of serious injuries reported, following criticism.

Previously, the department has relied on police figures rather than hospital admissions - but while police figures show the number of serious injuries falling between 1996-2004, the corresponding figures from hospitals show a rise.

Paul Smith, founder of campaign group Safe Speed, said: "The truth is that speed cameras were well intentioned but flawed.

"We all know it's important that people don't drive too fast, but neither the speed limit nor the speed camera really knows what `too fast' is. No wonder they've been a disaster as far as road safety policy."

Greater Manchester's Drivesafe partnership publishes an online map showing the locations of all cameras around the region.

The partnership is aiming to cut the number of people killed or seriously injured on Greater Manchester's roads by 50 per cent before 2010.

What do you think of speed cameras? Have your say.

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“It has never been the rule in this country – I hope it never will be - that suspected criminal offences must automatically be the subject of prosecution” He added that there should be a prosecution: “wherever it appears that the offence or the circumstances of its commission is or are of such a character that a prosecution in respect thereof is required in the public interest”
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