PR514: Scrap Speed Cameras petition receives huge support
- PR514: Scrap Speed Cameras petition receives huge support
news: for immediate release
Safe Speed's official 'scrap speed cameras' petition closed yesterday with
almost 28,000 signatures.
This was achieved with very little attention from the national media. At the
time of closing, it was the 7th most signed petition on the 10 Downing Street
web site out of over 7,700, putting it in the top 0.1%.
Paul Smith, founder of SafeSpeed.org.uk, said: "It goes to show the strength of
feeling about speed cameras. Drivers know that they are the wrong policy and
our national road safety results prove drivers right."
"Safe Speed's 'Scrap Speed Cameras Week' is intended to highlight the abject
failures of our road safety policies. And when policy fails it's time to call a
halt and move on. In this case the longer it takes to return to effective road
safety policies the more people will die unnecessarily."
"I'm absolutely certain that Department for Transport know full well that their
policies have failed, but they would rather save face than save lives."
"Perhaps Gordon Brown will take a long hard look at Department for Transport
and put matter right with a clean sweep. You might say that this is an
opportunity for a new BROWN to sweep clean!"
Notes for editors
The official 'scrapcam' petition:
Currently 27,952 signatures. The number will continue to rise slowly for a
while as people who signed while it was open respond to confirmation emails.
Scrap Speed Cameras Week:
About Safe Speed
The Safe Speed road safety campaign is primarily the work of engineer-turned
road safety analyst Paul Smith.
Since setting up Safe Speed in 2001, Paul Smith, 52, an advanced driver and
road safety enthusiast, and a professional engineer of 25 years UK experience,
has carried out over 22,000 hours working on the campaign with well over 6,000
of those hours researching the overall effects of speed camera policy on UK
road safety. In addition to those 22,000 hours, Paul has funded to campaign to
the tune of £10,000.
We believe that this is more work in more detail than anything carried out by
any other organisation. Paul's surprising conclusion is that overall speed
cameras make our roads more dangerous. Paul has identified and reported a
number of major flaws and false assumptions in the claims made for speed
cameras, and the whole "speed kills" system of road safety.
The inescapable conclusion is that we should urgently return to the excellent
road safety policies that gave us in the UK the safest roads in the World in
the first place. Far from saving lives, speed cameras are a dangerous
Safe Speed does not campaign against speed limits or appropriate enforcement
of motoring laws, but argues vigorously that automated speed enforcement is
neither safe nor appropriate.
Safe Speed is very slimly funded by voluntary contributions to the web site.
We are urgently seeking improved funding.
The Safe Speed web site contains more than 350,000 words of road safety
analysis and information. We are seeking publishers for 'the book of the web
It has turned out to be quite an amazing story and there are opportunities for
journalists and broadcasters to explore how all this came about, what it
means, and where road safety has gone so badly wrong.
Contact Safe Speed
description: Safe Speed road safety campaign
telephone: > 01862 893030 < Primary contact number and see below
ISDN Audio: 01862 894772
mobile: 07799 045553
Location: North Scotland
We are always available for further comment on your road safety story.
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Recent photo of Paul Smith:
Scrap Speed Cameras Week: http://www.safespeed.org.uk/sscw.html
You can reach Paul Smith on 07799 045553 today.
Paul Smith is in London for Scrap Speed Cameras Week 24th-30th inc.