9:00am Friday 1st April 2011
IN reply to Neal Butterworth’s article on Springdale Road, Broadstone. This average speed camera has been supplied by Siemens for a free trial in order to sell their product which is a clever marketing ploy.
lt is stated that prior to its installation 100 cars a day were speeding down this road – what method was used to obtain this figure?
Maybe they deployed a mobile camera for an hour or so a day which may have detected a handful of speeding motorists so multiply this by 24 and, hey presto, up pops the figure of a hundred a day. Most motorists do not openly flout the law and as this section is downhill it is common practice to take one’s foot off the accelerator but, unless you keep your foot on the brake all the way, it is possible for your speed to creep slightly over the limit.
Of these 100 motorists a day who allegedly exceeded the limit how many actually caused death or injury to a child? My guess is none. As already pointed out by others most schoolchildren do not use this route and the school entrance is not even in this road and this camera will serve no useful purpose apart from raising revenue.
l have always been concerned with road safety and get so frustrated when more and more speed limits are imposed while the real problems are ignored.
The best way to reduce accidents would be for every driver to undertake a session on the skid pan.
GRAHAM CRIBB, Branksome Wood Road, Bournemouth
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